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The New Imperative Of Patient Engagement For Hospitals And Health Systems


February 15th, 2013

Currently, most hospitals and health systems focus on patient engagement because of their mission to deliver patient-centric care. These efforts are pursued despite the neutral or even negative economic consequences to these organizations, which operate within the fragmented, fee-for-service payment system. For example, care coordination attendant to patient engagement efforts will, at times, reduce demand for services and, thereby, reduce fee-for-service payments to providers.

As public and private sector health care purchasers shift payment models towards value and as demographic changes result in more chronically ill patients entering the health care system, patient engagement efforts will become increasingly important to the financial sustainability and clinical success of these hospitals and health systems.

New patient engagement efforts shift focus from the inpatient core of hospitals to ambulatory care settings and to the integration of care into the homes and communities of patients. To succeed at these efforts, organizations must build longitudinal partnerships with patients to drive ongoing management of chronic conditions and utilization of preventive care services to drive long-term quality and cost outcomes.

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The Impact Of The 2012 Election On Health Systems And Providers


November 7th, 2012

Editor’s note: For more on what yesterday’s election means for health policy, see Tim Jost’s post published earlier today on Health Affairs Blog.

With the election season now (blessedly) behind us, and the endless barrage of campaign ads now magically gone from our lives—for at least a couple of years—we can now step back and ask, “What does the outcome of the election mean for the nation’s health systems and provider community?”

For providers, yet another veil of uncertainty has been lifted regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act: payment reform is in fact here to stay, with the Administration committed to continued rollout of the law’s provisions over the next four years. The need to transform patient care across the continuum just became that much clearer. But it’s worth revisiting a few looming questions for providers that remain following the election:

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What The Supreme Court’s ACA Ruling Will Mean For Providers


June 28th, 2012

The constitutional waiting game is finally over. Nearly three months to the day after the historic hearings on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has upheld the vast majority of the law’s provisions. This includes the individual mandate, although the penalties for noncompliance were ruled constitutional under Congress’s […]

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