Mobile medical applications increasingly are being used by patients and consumers. Now healthcare providers are evaluating whether and how to work with their patients in tapping these apps. But they're proceeding cautiously because of the dearth of clinical evidence for many consumer apps.
HHS' partnership this month with OptumLabs is likely to add momentum to the push to use big data to lower healthcare costs and improve the quality of care delivery.
The Mayo Clinic had been trying to get its expenses under control by trimming its workforce, scaling back health benefits and introducing more cost-sharing for employees. But after experiencing a payoff from those efforts last year, it is once again seeing its expenses outpace revenue growth.
Medicaid losses lead the pack ... and their share of community benefit at not-for-profit hospitals is growing
Most hospitals lose money on every Medicaid patient they treat, and those losses are mounting as millions of Americans gain coverage through state programs that provide insurance to poor residents. But for not-for-profit hospitals, at least, those losses may have one positive side effect.
When Dr. Demetrius Maraganore left the Mayo Clinic in 2009 to take over as chairman of NorthShore University HealthSystem's neurology department, he hoped to continue his work in evaluating quality-improvement measures. But his new post also offered an opportunity for a new approach.
The American Cancer Society's recent update of its guidelines, the first in more than a decade, changed the recommended age from 40 to 45 for some women to begin getting routine mammograms.
Diagnostic decision-support software programs have been available for decades. “And they have been underutilized for decades,” said Dr. Mark Graber, a member of the National Academy of Medicine's Committee on Diagnostic Error in Healthcare. “That's the real shame.”
There's many a slip between a physician's instructions, a care manager's plan and the patient's recollection. Now there are apps to reduce that slippage.
Diabetic patients are a popular target population for health systems that hope to improve patients' health with better care coordination and closer management. But new data from the research collaborative OptumLabs suggest diabetes management can be too aggressive.
Healthcare systems face broader unfunded pension liabilities as they make long overdue updates to their assumptions for retiree longevity, and raise the level of assets they will need to account for a falling discount rate.
Providers say a CMS model to have 800 U.S hospitals participate in a test of bundled payments for hip and knee replacements would have to be changed significantly in order to succeed.
The Mayo Clinic, which had been diligently cutting expenses over the past year, has started to see those costs creep up again in the first quarter of 2015.