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DeAnn Dennis

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 11/7/2018

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 12:25 PM

Designing a High-Value Approach to Chronic Care Management

Eighty percent of members’ health is determined by social factors such as housing, economic position, education and social connections, so called social determinants of health. But, most healthcare organizations struggle to use social determinants data to target members for focused intervention, a recent study found.
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Care Management Weekly News Update - 11/1/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

Keeping Human Stories at the Center of Health Care

Caring for the health and well-being of our fellow humans has always been viewed as a combination of art and science. With all the recent advances in technology, there is no doubt the health care industry as a whole gets an “A” in science. The tradeoff, however, is that we’ve become so focused on using the technology (as this HBR article points out) that we spend far less time listening to individual human stories. 

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/25/2018

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 09:44 AM

Report: More people are seeking out mental healthcare - if they can afford it

The stigmas around mental health are eroding, which is pushing more people to seek care—but cost and access remain significant barriers, according to a new survey. The National Council for Behavioral Health and Cohen Veterans Network surveyed 5,000 people and found that nearly six in 10 had sought mental health care for either themselves or a loved one.  However, 38% of adults have had to wait a week or more for an...

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/18/2018

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 02:04 PM

Report: More People Are Seeking out Mental Health Care—If They Can Afford It 

The National Council for Behavioral Health and Cohen Veterans Network surveyed 5,000 people and found that nearly six in 10 had sought mental health care for either themselves or a loved one. However, 38% of adults have had to wait a week or more for an appointment.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/10/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 02:39 PM

Remote Patient Monitoring Cuts Hospital Admissions, ER Visits, Report Finds

One-fourth of healthcare organizations say remote patient monitoring reduces emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, while 38% say the technology results in fewer inpatient admissions, according to a new KLAS Research report.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 10/04/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit

Hospitals across the U.S. are being battered by financial headwinds, and rural hospitals are vulnerable because they don't have capital or diversified services to fall back on when the going gets rough.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/27/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

For-Profit Hospitals Show Higher Rates of Readmission

Readmission rates are a measure of cost and quality of services for American hospitals, and lowering them is an effective way to dually control the skyrocketing cost of healthcare and improve patient care.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/19/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce the enormity of that problem, according to a recent report from the United Health Group.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/12/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

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Care Management Weekly News Update -9/5/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 05, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Curbing the Costs of Chronic Conditions

Chronic diseases – including heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, Alzheimer's, diabetes, arthritis and others – kill and disable more Americans than anything else. Many also are among the costliest and most preventable health conditions. Combined with mental health care, care for chronic diseases constitutes the majority of the nation's $2.7 trillion in annual health care spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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