The Engagement Gap: Healthcare Consumer Engagement In 2017

The Engagement Gap: Healthcare Consumer Engagement in 2017

  • October 4, 2017

Investment in consumer engagement is a top priority for payers and providers, and value-based care is the main driver. But the majority of consumers say their experience with providers and health plans hasn’t improved--or has even gotten worse in the past 24 months. Plus, consumer engagement is hampered by a “millennial gap” that shows older patients aren’t getting the attention they need to benefit from consumerization strategies. These are just some of the findings from The Engagement Gap: Healthcare Consumer Engagement in 2017, a new study of the state of consumer engagement in healthcare conducted by ORC International and commissioned by…

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Mandatory Participation Ending For Several CMS Initiatives Related To Home Health

Mandatory Participation Ending for Several CMS Initiatives Related to Home Health

  • September 19, 2017

By Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN, Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare Mandatory participation will end for Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and the Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payments, according to a recent filing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But that doesn’t mean your home health organization should suspend its efforts to partner with hospitals and other care providers. CMS also proposed several changes for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model: Giving hospitals participating in the model a one-time option on whether to continue Refining certain payment, reconciliation and quality provisions Increasing the number of clinicians who…

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Reimbursement Hike, Other Changes Coming To Hospice

Reimbursement Hike, Other Changes Coming to Hospice

  • September 12, 2017

By Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN, Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the hospice final rule for FY2018, increasing overall Medicare hospice payments by 1% after adjustments for inflation. The aggregate increase is expected to be $180 million, which follows a 2.1% ($350 million) reimbursement increase for FY2017. The final rule also notes that Hospice Compare is expected to be operational in August 2017 and provides updates on existing and upcoming quality and reporting measures. Here’s a look at measures most expected to impact hospice organizations. Hospice Compare Initially, only information from the…

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Improving Patient Communications And Price Transparency

Improving patient communications and price transparency

  • August 29, 2017

With the healthcare market driving higher out-of-pocket responsibilities, more patients are comparison shopping for non-emergency medical procedures, and providers need to furnish accurate pre-service estimates. Health Management Technology reports on how Iowa’s Henry County Health Center streamlined a costly, time-consuming process with help from Change Healthcare and its RelayClearance Plus patient access suite. Read the article

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