Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Physician practices are up against a changing healthcare environment and one that has made it harder to survive. Declining reimbursement rates, industry consolidation, and new sites of care delivery are among the latest trends impacting practice management. Practice management best practices can help leaders continue the delivery of high-quality, affordable care while ensuring they can keep the doors of their small business open. Read More
• Reducing the length of stay (LOS) became a major priority for hospitals during COVID-19, and continues to be one as surges continue. Pandemic aside, capitated reimbursement levels and the need to decrease hospital-acquired conditions made LOS reduction key for health systems. While efforts to reduce LOS often focus on specific disease classes, there are general operational factors that are more straightforward to address. Read More
• New research shows that 79% of people who received healthcare services in the past two years experienced an average of three challenges when doing so. Struggles ran the gamut from administrative issues to understanding the care they received itself. Plus, 90% of respondents with complex or ongoing clinical needs faced additional challenges related to tasks such as getting prior authorizations approved. Read More
• The rapid expansion of telemedicine during the pandemic made headlines. What has been overlooked are the changing patterns of its use. According to a recent analysis of 30 million medical claims, which older adults used telemedicine, and how they used it, did not play out exactly as many had expected. Moving forward it will be essential to closely track the evolving use of telemedicine — and which Americans can access their care this way — to ensure that telemedicine does not widen disparities of care. Read More
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