By emphasizing better-coordinated preventive care, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans pave the way to a more patient-centric future health system that prioritizes and rewards quality and cost-effective care.
With ever-increasing amounts of private equity flowing into health care, orthopedic surgeons are being approached by firms offering capital infusion or partnership arrangements. If your group is considering going this route, ensuring your “house” is in good order will better position you for success. “Success” in this context means a premium offer. If your practice is not in optimal order, you risk a less than top tier offer or worse yet, you may cost yourself the deal in total.
Keeping patients safe during and after orthopedic outpatient surgery of all types — arthroscopy, joint replacement, hand, spine and other procedures —will be of ongoing concern as the frequency with which these procedures are performed increases and anesthesia and surgical protocols evolve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stated in a position statement that with the continued advancement of medical technology comes more opportunities for outpatient surgery to be utilized.
As the lead advocacy organization for the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) is dedicated in its mission to advance the profession and enhance patient care. For us, protecting patient safety, advancing healthcare standards and guiding smart policy are fundamental priorities.
Approximately 70 percent of organizations are not HIPAA compliant. According to HIPAA rules, any company that deals with protected information must have a physical network and process security measures that are followed to ensure compliance. It may be safe to say that many organizations are still perplexed about HIPAA audits, enforcements and compliance. As a result, the number of organizations that fail to meet compliance each year remain the majority. To begin understanding compliance, healthcare organizations would be wise to consider three key recommendations.
Preventing system and organizational leakage is a common goal across nearly every type of provider. It doesn’t matter if you run a massive integrated delivery system, a midsized ACO or a community hospital – you can’t care for your patients holistically, or as effectively, if they end up going elsewhere for care that your organization could and should have provided.
When explaining the procedural benefits and risks to patients considering total knee replacement, supplementing statistical information with visual aids was associated with stronger preferences for the procedure, according to recent findings published in Arthritis Care & Research.
With health care mergers and acquisitions on the rise, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is focused on advocating for patient choice and competition within health care, according to orthopedic surgeons here.
The Department of Veteran Affairs has loosened its regulations about where veterans can seek care considerably in the past couple of years. In certain conditions, such as distance from or availability of care at a VA facility, they can head straight to a walk-in clinic without preauthorization. The Urgent Care Association took notice—close notice, in fact, and is urging the VA to tweak the policy.
The New Year gives us a fresh start and license to dream of what “could be” if we consistently apply a little discipline to the process.
Resolution #1: Why Being “Data Aware” Is No Longer Enough
Resolution #2: Use Real-time Analytics to Identify, Prioritize Improvement Gains
Resolution #3: Data Analytics Can Change the Way You Run Business