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Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings: Is It Worth It?

Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings: Is It Worth It?

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are increasingly taking responsibility for health care management, record-keeping, and payment.

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Tips for Electronically Communicating With Patients

Tips for Electronically Communicating With Patients

When conveying electronic messages to patients, sensitivity and care should be taken into account.

Most Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

Most Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

The researchers found that 36.7% of those in the studies had completed an advance directive, including 29.3% with living wills.

Hospice Care Quality Varies Among Minorities

Hospice Care Quality Varies Among Minorities

Black and Hispanic patients may receive worse end-of-life care.

Pharmacy, Primary Care Combo Favored Among Patients

Pharmacy, Primary Care Combo Favored Among Patients

Most payer reimbursement decision-makers indicate their organization would reimburse this model.

Eligibility, Payment Issues Plague Home Health Care Utilization

Eligibility, Payment Issues Plague Home Health Care Utilization

The importance of home health care services, including skilled care and personal care, is increasing in discharge planning and transitional care.

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Race/ethnicity and poverty are more pronounced as risk factors for DAMA in elderly inpatients.

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former pharma reps are educating doctors about costs of meds, encouraging use of generics.

Online Profiles for the Medical Professional: Dos and Don'ts

Online Profiles for the Medical Professional: Dos and Don'ts

Physicians need to improve information available online, including on HealthGrades, Yelp, and ProPublica.

Six Risk Factors for Physician Burnout

Six Risk Factors for Physician Burnout

A tool gauging burnout focuses on the 6 institutional areas of workload, control, rewards, community, fairness, and values.

Strategies for Reducing Health Care Costs

Strategies for Reducing Health Care Costs

A nine-point plan to reduce health care costs by 28 percent has been developed.

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