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Ron Brooks of Independence Blue Cross Shares New Campaign Toward Colon Cancer Screening for African Americans

April 19, 2021

Brooks, senior medical director of Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, was a key member of the team that created a health awareness campaign launched earlier this month in cooperation with local radio station WURD and other partners including the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Penn Medicine, Labcorp, and the Health Care Improvement Foundation. The campaign, called “Go To Know,” sets out to increase colon cancer screenings among African Americans by providing free Fecal immunochemical, or FIT, tests.

Many Healthcare Organizations Aren't Ready for the Now Enforced ONC Cures Act Final Rule

April 18, 2021

A new survey revealed a majority of health organizations have lack of awareness and are unprepared to comply with the ONC's final rule act of information blocking and improving interoperability provisions. Matthew A. Michela, President and CEO, Life Image, shares how to get on board.

Whither the ACO?

April 16, 2021

The number of participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program has tapered off, and the Direct Contracting Model may put accountable care organizations at a disadvantage. The National Association of ACOs wants the Biden CMS to make some changes.

Using Predictive Analytics to Reduce Nurse Burnout

April 15, 2021

Burnout among nurses has been a major pain point for hospitals and health systems long before COVID. Nurses work long hours and face a unique combination of physical and emotional challenges, and a seemingly simple mistake can be fatal. As a result, burnout rates among nurses range from 15% to 45%, leading 1 in 3 nurses to leave the bedside within their first two years.

Migraine Treatment Awash in Choices

April 15, 2021

The triptans, long the workhorses of migraine treatment, have been joined by monoclonal antibodies and small-molecule drugs that block calcitonin gene-related peptide. What’s lacking is a precision approach to treatment based on biomarkers.

What Needs to be Done to Improve Interoperability Issues, Clinician Burden per David Lareau of Medicomp Systems

April 14, 2021

In this week’s episode of Tuning In to the C-Suite podcast Briana Contreras, associate editor of Managed Healthcare Executive, spoke with David Lareau, CEO of Medicomp Systems about four areas that must be addressed to improve the usability of health IT, address interoperability issues, and minimize clinician burden.

Pursuing the Holy Grail of Value-Based Care? Penn’s LDI Says Head This Way.

April 14, 2021

Whether the cup of value-based care is half empty or half full may depend on your point of view. But the grail certainly isn’t full. Some of the leading lights at the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania have released recommendations to hasten the volume-to-value healthcare transformation.

Amazon Continues to Step, Not Leap, Into Healthcare

April 13, 2021

A couple of years ago, there was a lot of chatter about the Amazonifcation of healthcare. Well, that hasn’t happened. But the company is breaking into a sector of the economy that accounts for almost 18% of the American gross domestic product. Perhaps healthcare’s journey of Amazonifcation has started but is going step by step.

A Faster Path to Medicare Coverage for Devices May Get Slower. Or Vanish Altogether

April 13, 2021

The Biden administration put a hold on the new and pending rule changes that the outgoing Trump administration made, so whether the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology pathway will ever take effect is uncertain. But many providers and payers — and presumably most device makers — are keeping a close watch on the fate of the pathway.

How Value-Based Care Can Achieve Seamless Coordination and Communication

April 12, 2021

In this first of a two-part article series, Curtis Gattis, CEO and co-founder of LeadingReach, discusses how healthcare organizations participating in risk-based contracting or value-based financial and care delivery models are currently facing major challenges with integrating, managing and tracking care coordination and communication capabilities within provider networks.