Kaiser Health News reports from the Associated Press, that big players in the health industry are seeing the cost benefits of nabbing problems before they start. That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set that up.
Some insurers are paying for rides to fitness centers and checking in with customers to help ward off loneliness. Hospital networks are hiring more workers to visit people at home and learn about their lives, not just their illnesses.
The health care system is becoming more focused on keeping patients healthy instead of waiting to treat them once they become sick or wind up in the hospital. This isn’t a new concept, but it’s growing. Insurers are expanding what they pay for to confront rising costs, realizing that a person’s health depends mostly on what happens outside a doctor’s visit. Read More
According to ABC news, OneCare Vermont covered about 24,000 Medicaid patients and now covers about 112,000 patients whose health care is provided through Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance.
The long-term goal is to expand it so that about 70 percent of health care services provided in Vermont are covered by the system, which encourages patients to stay healthier using specialized care, such as helping them manage chronic conditions like diabetes so they don't wind up needing more expensive treatment. Officials consider 70 percent a realistic goal.
In a switch from when providers were paid for each service performed, providers are allocated a set amount of money to cover the people in the program. This year, $580 million has been allocated to OneCare Vermont, an organization of health care providers tasked by the state with carrying out the spirit of the program. Read More
“High-intensity” primary care, a model of care similar to the Patient-Centered Medical Home specifically for patients with chronic and multiple conditions, shows promise in lowering costs and improving quality, according to a press release by the National Institute for Healthcare Reform. Read More
Almost half of adults in the U.S. did not take advantage of preventive health services before 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
The prevalence of prediabetes/diabetes in among U.S. adolescents increased from 9% to 23% between 1999 through 2008, according to a study in Pediatrics. Read More
A Commonwealth Fund report calls for the federal government to develop a comprehensive, disciplined implementation plan that takes full advantage of the new opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Read More
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors voted to amend PCORI’s draft Research Agenda in response to public comments, according to a press release. Read More
The Institute of Medicine has released a report calling for investing more in its underfunded public health system and spending public health dollars more efficiently, according to a press release. Read More
Readmission rates for chronic conditions including diabetes and heart failure are higher than readmission rates for acute conditions including heart attack and pneumonia, according to an ARHQ press release. Read More
The use of interactive voice recognition (IVR) and other telemonitoring technology has reduced readmissions for Geisinger patients by 44%, according to a press release. Read More
A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that in order to better treat and prevent chronic disease in the U.S., collaboration among the public health, health care, and community sectors is needed. Read More
There was no change in obesity rates among U.S. adults or children from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a list of 26 quality measures for voluntary use by state Medicaid agencies according to a press release. Read More
Adults living with chronic health problems who live in the U.S. are more likely to forego care than those with chronic health problems living in other high-income nations, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund. Read More
Chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and obesity, are more prevalent in rural areas of the United States, according to a report by the United Health Center for Health Reform and Modernization. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will be granting $40 million to help prevent chronic diseases and promote good health, according to a press release. This initiative was created by the Affordable Care Act, and addresses the nation’s five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. Read More
The Agency for Health Research and Quality has posted State Snapshots to its website, which provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement, according to AHA News Now. Read More
The cost and demand for health care are both rising due to advances in medicine, an aging population and a rise in chronic disease, according to a report by the American Hospital Association. Read More
The introduction of bundled payments for some chronic conditions has both positive and negative consequences, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More