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
Public and private payers can apply through June 1 to participate in a new medical home model that will build on the Comprehensive Primary Care model to help practices support patients with serious or chronic diseases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today.
Under the CPC+ model, CMS will partner with insurers and Medicaid agencies in up to 20 regions and up to 5,000 practices to provide monthly care management fees based on beneficiary risk tiers. The model can accommodate up to 5,000 practices, 20,000 doctors and the 25 million people they serve. 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
A survey by the Midwest Business Group on Health has found that 45 percent of all and 52 percent of large employers support the development of accountable care organizations. Read More
Preliminary results from United HealthCare’s medical home pilot indicate that the medical home has achieved one of its goals - reducing hospital emergency-room visits. Read More
Four years ago, Illinois began a state initiative testing the medical home concept. Read More
A Baltimore family care clinic has been certified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as the first Baltimore patient-centered medical home, a practice that aims to improve patients’ health while reducing the cost of providing care. Read More
The University of Chicago’s Urban Health Initiative was launched in 2005 as a way to educate patients on the best use of the emergency room. Read More
A preliminary examination of data from a Pennsylvania experiment testing patient-centered medical homes shows potential benefits as well as challenges of the model. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited states to apply for participation in the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration, an initiative in which Medicare will join Medicaid and private insurers to assess the ability of patient-centered "medical homes" to improve the delivery of primary care and lower health care costs. Read More
The patient-centered medical home is being examined as a possible way to save costs and improve primary care. Read More
In an effort to improve care quality for elderly and chronically ill patients and reduce health care costs, a “small but growing tribe” of clinicians are reviving the once-ubiquitous practice of making house calls—which “virtually disappeared” from the American health care system in the 1980s—the Washington Post reports. Read More
An earlier trial of the model by UnitedHealth, in Florida, never got off the ground because doctors refused to participate. This time, however, the insurer is teaming up with seven doctors’ groups to make another attempt, in Arizona, at the prodding of one of the state’s big employers, I.B.M. Read More