Chronic Care Archives
New data from AARP shows prices for brand name prescription drugs continue to skyrocket, particularly for older Americans. Analysis of 227 such drugs shows an average cost increase of nearly 13 percent in 2013, compared with a general inflation rate of 1.5 percent during that year.
Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers and delivery system Marina Salud in Spain have won 2014 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
The total value of U.S. health services mergers and acquisitions rose 5.7 percent to $36.5 billion in the first 9 months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Community Health Centers Inc., a federally qualified community health center with 11 sites offering medical and dental care in central Florida, has won a 2014 Community Health Organization HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
Based on 2013 data, an annual report from the Joint Commission on hospitals performance to increase the safety and quality of care finds 1,224 hospitals were top performers in 2014. That is an 11 percent increase from last year.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have devised a new online tool, the Healthy Heart Score, for individuals to estimate their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases through lifestyle factors such as exercise and diet.
Pittsburgh-based Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is conducting a pilot study to ascertain whether it is possible to predict good days and bad days for people who have multiple sclerosis, thereby helping them improve their quality of life.
A new report details concepts for shared accountability in performance measures between clinicians and patients.
West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health prides itself on being on the leading edge of palliative care.
The initiatives are numerous in a new plan to restructure the Department of Veterans Affairs in just one year, but details initially are lacking.
New research from the University of Michigan Medical School indicates that penalties for readmissions of chronic lung disease patients will have a greater impact on hospitals that care for poor and minority patients.
Electronic health records vendor Cerner has announced a multi-year agreement with remote care platform developer Livongo Health to connect diabetes screening data collected from smart consumer devices with Cerners healthcare clients.
A final rule on Medicare physician payments in 2015 emphasizes improved chronic care management (CCM) and the supporting role of electronic health records, and loosens certification criteria a little more.
Beefing up post-discharge procedures, including using interactive voice monitoring technology, did not significantly reduce the number of patients with congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who were readmitted to the hospital or who visited emergency departments.
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care is co-developing technology to predict declining health status in acute and critically ill patients and to alert appropriate clinicians via smartphones.