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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/14/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:16 PM

VA Faces Pivotal Moment With EHR After Months of Lingering Usability Problems

Months after the initial go-live, VA employees and congressional stakeholders tell Federal News Network the deployment in Spokane was far less successful than the department initially touted. And though some pieces of the electronic health record are working well, they say the initial rollout was not a viable proof of concept for VA’s $16 billion, 10-year EHR modernization effort — at least not yet.

EHR Adoption Barriers, Facilitators in Behavioral Health Facilities

Behavioral health EHR developers and hospitals should recognize end users’ perspectives on specific barriers and facilitators before EHR implementation, according to a study featuring survey responses published in JMIR Publications.

Acute Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Leads to More Follow-Up Care

 Patients who accessed care for upper respiratory infections through direct-to-consumer telemedicine platforms were more likely to have follow-up appointments than patients who had their initial visit in-person, according to a University of Michigan study that suggests potential setbacks of on-demand telemedicine.

Transitional Care Management Visits to Improve Coordination of Care

This report aimed to determine whether transitional care management (TCM) services, provided by Inspira Care Connect, LLC (ICC), a Track 1 Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization, were effective in reducing 30-day readmission rates, observation stay days, and emergency department visits, along with mortality rates, total costs, and frequency of primary care physician (PCP) visits among Medicare beneficiaries served by ICC.


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