Accountable care organizations were created to promote better care and better health for individuals and populations at a lower cost. They must identify providers that excel in areas not covered by ACOs themselves. In addition, providers must be accountable for their patients' health, along with ACOs. That means providers have the financial incentives to do only what is absolutely needed.
Long-term care facilities strive to provide each patient personalized care. Comprehensive care plans, honoring patient preferences and tailoring services to patients are critical aspects to achieving the healthcare goals of patients and their care providers.
Caremerge, a care coordination platform, has announced a partnership with Linked Senior.
ECRI Institute has created a list called the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations.
There's a continuing need to align performance measurement across long-term care with other settings, and to increase care coordination, according to a new report from the Measure Applications Partnership.
The nation's largest not-for-profit long-term care providers have implemented electronic health records, but there is still much room for growth when it comes to the sharing of digital data, according to a recently released survey.
As a child, Adrienne Mims, M.D., MPH, thought about being a lawyer. But when her beloved grandmother died of cervical cancer when she was in high school, she redirected her attention to a career in healthcare.
Geographic variances in post-acute care largely account for differences in Medicare spending patterns, supporting healthcare reform measures that encourage better acute and post-acute coordination, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.
Medicare beneficiaries should be allowed to enroll in a network that would "incentivize higher quality" and more cost-effective and coordinated care, according to a new report whose authors include three former Senators.
As agents of innovative health care for the future, our role is clear in paving the path of collaborative efforts within the patient care continuum. Transitional Care Management (TCM) is certainly not a new concept, but as it evolves the interventions are defined from many different perspectives and approaches. In general, care transitions refer to the movement of patients from one health care practitioner to another.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors endorsed new patient safety points of emphasis, including several directly related to long-term care, this week. The new measures came in the third installment from the NQF's patient safety endorsement project this year.
There's a tenet in healthcare that runs deep: a patient's relationship with his or her doctor is sacred.This core value is an important piece of one of the hottest topics in healthcare today: coordination of care.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would reimburse providers for coordination of care services.
Even if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, its early reforms have already delivered promising benefits, according to former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.
Forging partnerships with other providers and adopting health information technology are critical to the survival of long-term care providers, new guidelines recommend.
Grasping, as many of us do, to find a positive healthcare story that includes the long-term care sector, it was nice to see that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Awards made long-term care a part of the picture.