Why? Because everyone has been a patient, experienced a pain point, identified an unmet need, or had an idea to improve the health care experience. However, one of the really challenging parts of health care innovation is that, while there are a lot of respectable ideas out there, the vast…more.
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Hospitals nationwide have gone to great lengths in an effort to reduce readmissions and improve patient quality. However, despite these concerted efforts, hospitals continue to incur fines from Medicare for excessive rates of patient readmissions, which are projected to total more than $428 million. Even worse, readmissions cost patients a…more.
Last month, FamiliesUSA.org issued a sobering report about the disconnect between having medical insurance and receiving the healthcare one needs. The report concluded that for many Americans with non-group coverage (as opposed to having insurance from an employer or a public coverage program), deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are prohibitively…more.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a time when the healthcare and patient advocacy communities rally support for the millions of Americans afflicted with the disease, including an estimated 3.2 million suffering from chronic Hepatitis C (also known as HCV). Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including…more.
Amid continuing partisan debate on Capitol Hill about the Affordable Care Act, the facts are clear: the law has significantly reduced the number of uninsured Americans. Last week the federal government issued a report indicating more than 16 million people who did not have health insurance before have gained coverage…more.
Editor’s Note: Narrow healthcare networks have evolved as health insurance companies attempt to control costs and manage care. Even though these systems limit participants’ choice of doctors and hospitals, they are serving to better align services with patient needs. Neil Smiley, CEO, Loopback Analytics shares his thoughts on why the…more.
A Note from Our Sponsor: March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Are you, or is someone you love, an MS patient on Medicare in Need of Financial Assistance? Click here to visit the HealthWell Foundation’s eligibility page. Charlie Barron was raised to set goals, make plans, get things…more.
Vera Brown of Churchville, Pa., was like many elderly Americans. She had multiple health issues including decreased mobility, degenerative joint disease, progressive dementia and aphasia from a stroke. But unlike some in her situation, she was able to live comfortably in her own home until her death in October, thanks…more.
Remember when the only personal device people had to monitor their health was the trusty old bathroom scale, and maybe a blood pressure cuff they could use at their local pharmacy? What a difference a decade makes. An explosion of personal, wearable, or otherwise easily accessible devices and apps used…more.
From all of us at RealWorldHealthcare, Happy New Year! As 2015 begins, we continue to monitor the healthcare landscape for insights and real-world examples of what’s working to improve access to healthcare, help patients manage their healthcare costs, and allow for more patient-centered care. Linda Barlow While our focus and…more.