What Pieces of Primary Care Work Virtually in a Post-COVID World? – #HITsm Chat Topic

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This week’s chat will be hosted by Matt Sakumoto (@MattSakumoto) on the topic “What Pieces of Primary Care Work Virtually in a Post-COVID World?“ “ Matt Sakumoto is a primary care physician and product manager […].

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Primary Care Practice Improves Patient Health Using Digital Tools

Healthcare IT Today

With COVID-19 transmission risks remaining high, many medical practices have been forced to change their business model from one built on face-to-face appointments to delivering patient care via telehealth visits virtually overnight.

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Here's what primary care clinicians say they need to effectively implement telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Primary care providers in New York City, one of the U.S. With patients afraid to seek care in person and social distancing necessitating as little face-to-face contact as possible, many clinicians pivoted to telehealth – some with more success than others.

Despite Use of Health IT Tools, U.S. Primary Care Physicians Struggle With Care Coordination

Healthcare IT Today

healthcare system today. The survey, which reached out to primary care physicians around the world, found that despite having powerful health IT tools at the ready, U.S.-based based PCPs are still finding it difficult to coordinate care with other […]. Primary CareA new survey has drawn conclusions that, while infuriating, probably won’t surprise anyone working in the U.S.

HIMSSCast: Primary care docs are adopting new tools, but maintaining the human core

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

We talk about why primary care is important and how technology can only go so far in what is fundamentally a very human field. Further reading: Telehealth seems here to stay – so how can it be improved? America’s Looming Primary-Care Crisis (from the New Yorker

AI Could Soon Have A Big Impact On Primary Care

Healthcare IT Today

A lot of discussion about healthcare AI is vague and visionary in nature. Most of us know that these technologies have a very promising future, but until recently it hasn’t been clear just when practical applications will emerge. AI/Machine Learning Ambulatory Analytics/Big Data Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT Clinical Decision Support Digital Scribes EHR Workflow Healthcare AI Journal of General Internal Medicine Medical AI Population Health Management

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

The successes – and pitfalls – of using telehealth for home-based primary care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Home-based primary care allows individuals with chronic conditions – especially older people – to stay in their homes longer, reducing hospitalization rates and improving quality of life. However, experts say it is vital to consider the capabilities of patients when trying to implement an at-home care model – and the capabilities of their caregivers. It was, she explained, "to expand the care we were providing and to lower the cost of delivery."

1 in 5 primary care practices predicts closure in a month, but telehealth could help

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As many as 20% of primary care practices predict they could close within four weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted between April 10 and April 13 by the non-profit Primary Care Collaborative. With COVID-19 dropping non-urgent care to next to zero, the loss in revenue is putting a dire strain on resources and operations. This has not just forced many patients to defer non-emergency care.

Telehealth Only Doctors and Medical Practices

Healthcare IT Today

It illustrated many of the built in biases many healthcare organizations had towards in person visits. It also highlighted times when an in person visit is far superior to an online visit. Administration Ambulatory Healthcare IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Direct Primary Care Direct to Consumer Telehealth Telehealth Telehealth Models Telehealth Only Doctors Telehealth Only Medical Practices Telemedicine

COVID-19 Potpourri of Stories

Healthcare IT Today

It’s hard to know what to share and what not to share. Hopefully, you’re finding value in the stories we have shared about COVID-19 and healthcare IT. Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Clinical Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Carl T. Bergstrom COVID-19 COVID-19 Data COVID-19 Treatment Craig Spencer MD ER Docs Infectious Disease Modeling Yale Primary CareA new COVID-19 story everywhere you turn.

Massachusetts Study Uncovers Arbitrary and Ineffective Use of Quality Measures

Healthcare IT Today

So much in health care depends on the accurate measurement of costs and quality. Health care providers in some states are required to post the costs of their procedures online. Administration Ambulatory Analytics/Big Data Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Regulations Revenue Cycle Management Clinical Quality Measures Costs Fee for Service Insurance Payments Massachusetts Healthcare Payments Primary Care Value Based Care

Annual Wellness Visit: Opportunity Lost Times 3?

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Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Clinical Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Annual Wellness Visit CareCognitics Healthcare Scene Featured Primary Care Spencer KuboThe following is a guest blog post by Spencer Kubo, Chief Medical Officer at CareCognitics.

Big Tech: Amazon’s Virtual Care Model Could Have A Big Impact

Healthcare IT Today

For quite some time, mainstream tech giants like Microsoft, Apple and Google have struggled to find a secure foothold in healthcare. One of the biggest challenges they’ve faced has been figuring out just how much investment they should make in the brick-and-mortar aspects of patient care, e.g. real-world hospitals and clinics.

Best Buy Bets on AgingTech in the Expanding Retail Health Ecosystem

Health Populi

the electronics retailer, it’s out with CDs and in with technology for aging at home. The company announced that it would buy GreatCall for $800 million. Even with Amazon-everything, and in health/care, too, Best Buy has successfully navigated the rough retail waters to get to this point. With GreatCall, Best Buy consolidates a role at the convergence of Internet of Healthy Things (thank you, Dr. Joe Kvedar ), smart and connected homes, wearable tech, and self-care.

Patients Say Access To Visit Notes Is Important In Maintaining Their Health

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Back in 2010, a group of primary care doctors from three different healthcare organizations across the U.S. Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Geisinger OpenNotes Patient Health Data Patient Health Management Patient Portals University of Washington Medicine Visit Notescame together to try something different.

EHRs and Collaboration: Leveraging Technology to Help Patients with Substance-Use Disorders

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The following is a guest article by Charlie Hutchinson, CFO at InSync Healthcare Solutions. The growth in substance use disorders [SUD] across all demographics and income brackets has impacted the role of primary-care providers [PCPs]. Ambulatory Communication and Patient Experience EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Behavioral Health EHR Charlie Hutchinson InSync InSync Healthcare Solutions Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model Substance Abuse Disorders

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Florida Provider To Pay $85,000 To Settle HIPAA Right of Access Claim

Healthcare IT Today

Florida-based Korunda Medical, which offers primary care and interventional pain management services, has agreed to pay the OCR $85,000 […]. Administration Ambulatory EMR-EHR Healthcare IT HIM Hospital - Health System IT LTPAC Regulations Security and Privacy HHS Office for Civil Rights HIPAA Fines HIPAA Right of Access HIPAA ROI Korunda Medical OCR Patient HIPAA Complaint Patient Medical Records PHI Roger Severino ROI Sentara Hospitals

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The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. Though there has been significant sector investment, the road to success of adoption in the healthcare enterprise has been challenging. This should not however translate to “take my word for it” is all you need. Bring it!

Video: Farzad Mostashari on patient engagement, ‘physician ACOs’

Meaningful HIT News

As I alluded to earlier, I was leaving the press room one afternoon at HIMSS14, and there I see former national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari hanging around Gregg Masters and Dr. Pat Salber of Health Innovation Media. It turns out, Masters and Salber had just pulled Mostashari aside to do an interview on video, but they didn’t have anyone to interview him on camera, so they asked me right there on the spot to be the interviewer. It probably shows.

Heart attacks and strokes halved using pharmacist-led home blood pressure telemonitoring

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Researchers also observed that study participants enrolled in telemonitoring were about half as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as those receiving usual primary care. ” WHY IT MATTERS. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

CMS issues guidance for new telehealth eCQM reporting in 2020 and 2021

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put together further detailed guidance for how healthcare providers should be documenting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures for telehealth encounters. Healthcare IT News is a publication of HIMSS Media

TriHealth switches to Zoom for pandemic, sees 3,650% increase in telehealth use

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Once TriHealth made the decision to research telemedicine platforms, from its point of view there were three major components needed for any platform to be seriously considered. "During the peak of the pandemic, primary care telehealth visits accounted for more than 50% of our volume."

EHR-linked telehealth helps hospital surpass previous year’s visit adherence rate

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Once the pandemic was declared, it was clear that patients no longer felt safe coming to their appointments. “With the telemedicine solution, we could potentially serve our patients in all of our primary care centers from the comfort and safety of their homes,” said Jeffrey M.

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How virtual care can be refined to reach those who need it most

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

There's no doubt that telehealth has proven to be an integral tool to keeping healthcare accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The pandemic has driven innovation in the shape and design of the traditional healthcare visit. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

Telehealth boosts continuity of care, patient-provider relationships at Ellis Medicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telemedicine offers several benefits that position healthcare provider organizations to deliver care in a convenient, contemporary and sustainable manner, namely, said Colleen Hammond, practice manager and manager of population health at Ellis Medicine.

Integrated EHR enables shift to virtual post-discharge follow-up

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"Timely availability of clinical information during health care transitions, in a setting with robust telemedicine access, can shift the method of care delivery without adversely affecting patient health outcomes," wrote the researchers. WHY IT MATTERS.

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United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPM

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

United Methodist Communities, headquartered in Neptune, New Jersey, is a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider. Skilled nursing facilities take care of the frailest of the country’s elders. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

HIMSSCast: Will the COVID-19 telehealth boom last?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard and Senior Editor Kat Jercich join host Jonah Comstock to recap what went down at the American Telemedicine Association's virtual conference last week. More related to this podcast: Telehealth: ATA president says 'we have a lot more work to do' The successes – and pitfalls – of using telehealth for home-based primary care. Telehealth's post-COVID challenge: Integrating in-person care.

UCHealth builds a successful virtual urgent care clinic with Epic and Vidyo

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

While urgent care clinics are relatively convenient, treating someone in the comfort of their own home when clinically appropriate takes this type of care to a whole new level, he said. Alternatively, a health system can build its own platform, or at least piece together all the parts.”

Telehealth reimbursement may be changing. How should providers prepare?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The future potential of telehealth hinges on how it's reimbursed. Virtual care may be popular among patients, but if providers can't get paid for their services, it's unlikely they'll be able to continue to provide them. "It's gonna be a struggle."

Teladoc Health and Livongo's post-merger plan: one-stop healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"It starts with a common vision: a vision for bringing together two complementary companies, with complementary capabilities and assets driven towards delivering whole person care and changing the healthcare experience for consumers," said Gorevic during a HLTH VRTL 2020 panel this week.