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In Medicare Advantage, providers are becoming payers

February 5, 2016 by David E Williams

Accountable Care Organizations enable providers of care to take on some of the functions of health plans and to receive some of the financial rewards as well as the risk. But at least on the Medicare side it can be fairly indirect, with patients “attributed” to providers rather than assigned and little formal ability to keep a patient within a single provider system.[read more]

Why Digital Marketing Is Your Best Bet for Recruiting Patients with Rare Conditions for Clinical Trials

February 4, 2016 by Dan Stempel
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Recruiting patients with rare and terminal conditions presents a major challenge for CROs and patient coordinators — but digital marketing techniques can help.[read more]

Patients Believe Partnership With Clinicians Will Improve Health

February 4, 2016 by David Harlow

The Society for Participatory Medicine released a report of a national survey today finding that a significant majority of Americans seem to consider themselves engaged patients, with positive views of collaborative relationships with providers, self-tracking (and sharing personal health data with providers).[read more]

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Get Your Sleep: All You Didn’t Want to Know About Sleep-Related Health Problems

February 4, 2016 by Daphne Stanford

The basic findings from all of these studies seem to agree that a sufficient amount of sleep is crucial to basic functioning, and it can also prevent or delay a number of serious health conditions such as diabetes and dementia. Sleep is precious, so do what you can to get as many hours as possible, each night.[read more]

Reducing Healthcare Costs Through Company Wellness Plans

February 4, 2016 by Stephen Schimpff

Employers have seen their health care costs rise dramatically over the years. To compensate, they have expected employees to pay an increasing portion of the healthcare insurance premium, expected employees to pay significant co-pays with each physician visit and have purchased policies that restrict individuals to a narrow network of doctors and hospitals.[read more]

Healthcare Patient Payment Liability Just Ain’t What it Used to Be

February 3, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

The ACA, with its comprehensive health insurance reforms, has initiated a growing trend that has placed more financial accountability on the shoulders of consumers. Hospitals and health systems are embracing consumerism and are preparing for greater levels of out-of-pocket (OOP) patient liability.[read more]