Engineers at the University of California San Diego recently unveiled a skin patch capable of tracking blood pressure and pulse rate while also measuring the glucose, lactate, alcohol, or caffeine levels of the patient. The unit is the first device capable of tracking cardiovascular impulses simultaneously as various biochemical levels in the body. The researchers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a suggested voluntary financing plan aimed at expanding care across entire geographic areas, in late 2020. The Geographical Direct Contracting Model is a test to determine whether direct contracting organizations can maximize the productivity of recipients and minimize costs. Providers can enter into value-based care payment
The COVID-19 pandemic is impeding patient involvement activities among all categories of patients, according to a recent report. Both preventive and chronic care demographics are less involved in care, the study found. Multiple provider organizations used patient involvement techniques to better coordinate treatment, evaluate health outcomes, and spur patient education before coronavirus became a pandemic.
A division of Humana Inc. and a senior-focused primary care provider, Partners in Primary Care (PiPC) announced recently that it plans to increase growth this year. This would bring the cumulative number of PiPC sites to 80 by the time 2023 arrives, with the overall target being 100 primary care centers across the country. PiPC
Value-based healthcare presents a fantastic opportunity for straightforward customer engagement to be adopted by payers. This approach permits payers to engage customers and help make better healthcare decisions. The objective is familiar, like other industries: to assure that customers receive an experience that is both optimum and streamlined. This objective, though, depends on good data.
President Joe Biden has big plans regarding healthcare, beginning with tackling the pandemic. Yet, he has already confirmed that he plans to address Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, unforeseen billing, medication prices, value-based healthcare, and more while is in office. The rest of the work will be done by the HHS and CMS rules, which ensures
CMS has codified in a recent final rule how it defines equal and adequate protections for goods and services that could be provided under Sections A and B of Medicare. The definition has a trio of main elements, according to the final rule, so that an item or service is 1) safe and secure, 2)
Time-driven costing is a strategy in healthcare that calculates the expense of treatments expended as a patient moves across the various stages of treatment. The strategy has generated momentum among hospital leaders, especially in the face of new value-based reimbursement structures, in addition to the need to handle increasing costs and limited resources, like nurses
COVID-19 made an already overwhelming healthcare system even harder to manage for patients and caregivers alike. When we want the industry to return stronger, how will healthcare continue? To have a truly thriving healthcare environment, we have to increase the number of connections among participants. The relations between doctors and patients, practices and payers, primary
Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued regulations to eliminate some hurdles under the "Stark" Physician Self-Referral law to the introduction of physician fee agreements using value-based payment arrangements. The updated rules are the first significant revisions in two years to the regulations and the first effort by CMS to amend