The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies that are currently affecting the industry.
Accountable Care Organizations: First Year Results
An ACO is a group of healthcare providers that partner under a payment and delivery reform model that become collectively accountable for the full continuum of care for a population of patients. This reform model ultimately ties reimbursement to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for the patient population. First year results for ACOs were recently released, with very mixed success and several hospitals dropping out of the program.
- The First-Year Pioneer ACO Results: Predictable Bumps In The Road
- Annual ACO survey shows care coordination remains a work in progress for many providers
- Seven ACO Pioneers Drop Out, Others Say It’s the Future
- Obamacare’s ACO Conundrum
- CMS’s Pioneer ACO May Lose Nearly Half Of Its Participants
The Quantified Self
Good UX Means Good Business
In a world where technology is rapidly advancing and user expectations are rising, it’s no longer enough to have an average user experience; to delight your users and surpass your competition you must strive for the exceptional.
With the progression of patient engagement, consumers are looking to become involved in their own care and health. The quantified self movement helps patients track their health, physical activity, food consumption, heart rate, and more. From mobile apps to worn digital sensors like the FitBit to implanted devices, patients keep track of their own health data – which eventually may be used to create a more personalized experience.
- Hang on; I’m getting a notification from my body on my phone
- How the Quantified-Self Will Make Big Data a Normal Part of Life
- Tell me EVERYTHING about you: What’s next in Quantified Self?
- Tracking the Quantified Self
- Are you sensing my stress?
Healthcare Payment Reform
It is a common opinion that our healthcare system does not provide good value for the care received. Incentives for hospitals are not properly matched with delivering the best possible care at an affordable rate. In response, healthcare payment reform models have been created. Bundled payments reimburse healthcare providers based on the expected cost of a group of services delivered, instead of payment for each treatment provided. Hospital value based purchasing tie reimbursement to the quality of care delivered based on clinical results and patient satisfaction.
- Rising To The Challenges Of The Evolving Reimbursement Environment
- Hospitals Keep Eye on Patient Satisfaction
- Insurer’s Reimbursement Model Rewards Lower Costs
- Don’t Give Up on Health Care Cost Control
- Survey Assesses Views Of Physicians Regarding Controlling Health Care Costs
The Obamacare Delay
The Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was introduced in 2010 as a national healthcare plan to reform the American healthcare system. Starting in October 2013, over 48 million uninsured Americans will be eligible for enrollment in subsidized plans through state-run health insurance exchanges, with annually increasing fines for those who go uncovered. A recent delay in the requirement that employers with over 50 employees provide health insurance or face a penalty has caused a stir, as some interpret this as the government acknowledging the heavy strain of Obamacare.
- Obamacare’s rule delay could make mandate difficult to enforce
- It’s not just the employer mandate: Three Obamacare delays you haven’t heard about
- Obamacare delay emboldens repealers, makes it 2014 issue
- Obamacare delay passes insurance burden onto workers
- Far-Reaching Implications of Obamacare Delay of Employer Mandate
Population Health Management
PHM aims to improve the overall health of high- and low risk patients by addressing personal health behaviors. PHM places an emphasis on primary care to provide preventative, acute and chronic illness care, which is coupled with efforts to educate patients and encourage behavior and lifestyle changes.
- Harnessing Hospital Data to Improve Healthcare
- IOM calls for ‘unified portfolio’ of population health
- Population Health Pros Get National Support
- Study shows savings within two years of program launch
- How to aggressively pursue population health