Personalizing Healthcare: An Experience Focused on the Patient

An optimal patient engagement strategy enables a process of care that allows the patient to be active, get involved and stay engaged. A patient-centric approach means developing a culture of involvement that responds to patients’ capacity, skills, knowledge, and ability to manage their own health. This concept is currently at the center of healthcare organizations’ top priorities and can be traced back to the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act links performance to reimbursement. Prov

A Quick Guide to Understanding MACRA

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores were the first regulations implemented that involved patient experience. HCAHPS surveys ultimately determined the benefits received by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS). Low-scoring hospitals were penalized and found they needed to enhance patient outreach to receive positive outcomes. MACRA is now the next step in converting the industry to a patient-centric focus.

Using an App for Chronic Care Management

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging and anything that can alleviate stress is a welcome solution. These efforts are clinically defined as Chronic Care Management (CCM) and are a critical component of primary care. CCM applies to anyone living with two or more conditions that are expected to last at least a year. In America alone, 117 million adults have two or more chronic conditions that require continuous management. The need to frequently manage care can pose some difficulties

The Convenience of Carrying a Medical Wallet

As paper becomes less manageable, keeping track of your medical records can be challenging. In fact, two out of three patients would switch to a provider that offers easy access to their data. There are a variety of advantages to owning a medical wallet (like a free patient engagement app). With the convenience of history in your hand, here are a few ways it can make your life easier: Keeping track of who you saw and where you went can get daunting. Especially if you ever experience an illness

How a Patient Engagement Solution Can Maximize Reimbursement

The landscape of healthcare slowly began to shift to patient-centric workflows with the introduction of payment systems that were focused on quality over quantity. Prior to that, clinicians had to maintain a certain pace to ensure proper reimbursements. Although 75% of orthopedic surgeons surveyed stated they had satisfactory communication with their patients, only 21% of their patients agreed. Clearly, there is a disconnect and when patient engagement is counting toward reimbursement, it is critical clinicians work toward easier channels of communication.

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Are you Codependent?

“I started getting better the day my Mother started learning how to stop her enabling”          Matt, age 20, Former Heroin User If you are in a relationship with a person (spouse, child, parent, friend) who has a substance use disorder, you may be unconsciously ‘enabling’ the person to continue their same behavior. The following are a few key indicators you might be enabling a person with a substance use disorder and becoming codependent: If you want your friend or family member to stop usin

DOL Audit: A Proactive Approach to Preparing Group Health Plans

Labor laws are changing and businesses must change too.  Traditionally, the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration’s (EBSA) main audit focus was on retirement plans, like 401(k). However, with passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in conjunction with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) there is an active increase in group health plan audits. Many small to mid-market employers assume they fly