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Paramedics fight to combat ED visits, readmissionsParamedics can do much more than transport patients to the ED or inpatient care. Payers and providers are increasingly using EMS services to reach out to patients in their homes to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
How bundled payments really do workOne study shows that the way Medicare is paying for joint replacements is saving millions of dollars annually and keeping patients satisfied, too.
Fall prevention strategies for hospitalsThe CDC says that one out of three older adults falls each year, making falls the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and older. Here’s how some hospitals and programs are addressing the problem.
Ten ways to reduce hospital readmissions
Ten ways to reduce hospital readmissionsSuccessful healthcare systems share their strategies for reducing hospital readmissions.
What’s behind the drop in hospital-acquired conditions?
What’s behind the drop in hospital-acquired conditions?A report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates positive momentum in efforts to combat hospital-acquired conditions, but experts say more can be done.
Managing populations with complex morbiditiesResearchers generally agree that intense, highly-coordinated care, with an emphasis on changing patient behavior is a key to improving outcomes and reducing costs for complex morbidities.
Superusers lack social, primary care resourcesA small but costly percentage of patients have a variety of reasons for frequent ED visits.
Telehealth extending reach of PCPsCMS has increased the number of telehealth services it will reimburse under Medicare
Pioneer ACOs collect critical patient dataThe 32 Pioneers asked CMS to delay the move to pay for performance in 2013
Navigators reduce no-showsChronic care patients need reminder calls to remain adherent to treatment and show up for appointments