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The Caregiver Act and AARP’s CARE Act Aim to Reduce Readmissions

Hospitals nationwide have gone to great lengths in an effort to reduce readmissions and improve patient quality. However, despite these concerted efforts, hospitals continue to incur fines from Medicare for excessive rates of patient readmissions, which are projected to total more than $428 million. Even worse, readmissions cost patients a … (read full article)

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Speaking With: Neil Smiley on the Advantages of Narrow Healthcare Networks

Editor’s Note: Narrow healthcare networks have evolved as health insurance companies attempt to control costs and manage care. Even though these systems limit participants’ choice of doctors and hospitals, they are serving to better align services with patient needs. Neil Smiley, CEO, Loopback Analytics shares his thoughts on why the … (read full article)

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Lowering Hospital Readmissions through Remote Monitoring of Post-Acute Patients: The University of Virginia Health System – Broad Axe Care Coordination Model

One of the less known policies of the Affordable Care Act, the Hospitals Readmission Reduction Program, requires that hospitals with higher than national average readmission rates for certain medical conditions and surgical procedures be penalized.  For many hospitals, the readmission penalties result in millions of dollars in profit lost. A … (read full article)

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(Medical) Home is Where the Care and Cost-Savings Are

The word “home” has many connotations: the building in which you live, the place you come from, and even the end point of a game. Now, there is a new type of home: The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible … (read full article)

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Walgreens Unveils Solutions to Boost Medication Adherence

How can health professionals enable their patients to take medications more consistently as prescribed? Personalized counseling from pharmacists and prescription refill reminders are two effective ways now shown to fuel better drug adherence, according to research from Walgreens presented March 15 at the World Congress Summit in Philadelphia. Walgreens’ community pharmacy programs … (read full article)

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Making Costly – and Deadly – Medical Errors and Unnecessary Hospital Visits Something Only Grandparents Can Remember

“She died from a breakdown in the system. She died from a breakdown in communications.” These heartbreaking words, from patient safety advocate Sorrel King about the loss of her young daughter Josie King, are words that no one should ever have to say or hear. Her 10-year commitment to end … (read full article)