Wednesday, February 21, 2018
It is that time of year again – time to look at healthcare trends, predictions and technology innovations for 2018. Identifying trends is fairly simple, since it relies on looking back to see what the most popular topics have been and continue to be. Many trends tend to stay for more than a year as their momentum builds. Predictions are a little more difficult to identify and assure accuracy, since they are a look into the future. This year we will also be looking at the top 10 technology-related clinical innovations.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
This is the third article in a series that has explored the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). The first article, Unplanned Readmissions: Are They Quality Measures or Utilization Measures?, provided an overview of the program and its goals, reviewed expected and achieved cost savings over the past 5 years, and discussed whether the expected readmission rates are really quality measures or utilization measures. The second article, Unplanned Readmissions: Has the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) Been Successful?, looked at how successful the program has been since its inception, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it may evolve in the future.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Care plans are either the bane of a care manager’s day or an invaluable tool to help focus efforts. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on, love them or despise them, individualized care plans are a required component of many regulatory agencies. Knowing care plans are required doesn’t help move the needle towards the “love” side of the equation. What would be helpful is an explanation, in simple terms, of why personalizing a care plan makes a difference, peppered with some practical advice on how to make it easier to personalize a standardized care plan.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
A few months ago I wrote an article entitled Unplanned Readmissions: Are They Quality Measures or Utilization Measures? It explained the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) that began in October 2012 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That article explained the program and its results over the past 5 years.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
There have always been substantial gaps in healthcare services for the higher-risk populations. Despite the best intentions of structure managed care programs introduced as early as the 1970’s, these gaps persist. This isn’t breaking news—over the past two decades, the term “vulnerable populations” has gained prominence in the healthcare industry. Messaging in the late 1990s to early 2000s was consistent: Certain populations are at greater risk because of who they are and where they live, regardless of their actual health condition.

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