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Care Management Weekly News Update 1/16/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jan 17, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Academic medical centers such as Vanderbilt and the University of Minnesota have created centers to train learning health system scientists and coordinate research projects. Now the University of California San Diego School of Medicine will establish a Center for Learning Health Systems Science to provide instructional and experiential learning opportunities for clinicians and researchers in learning health systems science.

More health systems bill for MyChart 

More health systems are billing for MyChart messages, even as the claims volume for those digital encounters has ebbed and flowed, according to a Jan. 10 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The number of healthcare organizations that charge for patient portal messages has steadily increased since mid-2021, while claims for so-called "e-visits" peaked in April 2020 at 202,272 before dropping to a low of 64,341 in June 2021 and rising again to 107,442 to September 2022, the end of the study period. 

Medically complex older patients who received care through a provider’s hospital-at-home program had “low” rates of mortality and readmission, according to recently published research data. The national review of thousands of Medicare fee-for-service Part A claims was headed by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Mass General Brigham (MGB), the latter of which has been all-in on growing its own hospital-at-home program. 

The payer/provider battle is raging, and signaling what may be an emerging trend: More organizations are fighting back against payers by terminating their contracts completely, and Medicare Advantage (MA) has seemingly been the focus. Thanks to record inflation and operational challenges, hospital and health systems find themselves with their backs against the wall in negotiations, leading CFOs to initiate contract terminations.

Oracle is moving the date and location of its upcoming healthcare conference because of "huge interest," the Nashville (Tenn.) Business Journal reported. The Oracle Health Summit has been rescheduled from February to April 23 and will take place at the Conrad Nashville Hotel, according to the Jan. 11 story.


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