The Benefits of Specialty Pharmacy: For Hospitals & Health Systems

The specialty pharmacy industry is booming and as many pharmacies opt for moving down the specialty pharmacy accreditation path, many hospitals and healthcare systems are starting to realize opening their own specialty pharmacies (or partnership with one) could be a good idea. The jump to specialty pharmacy for a health system or hospital, isn’t only a revenue driver as it gives them access but could also help with re-admissions, quality of care, and data collection. And as specialty pharmacies crop up all over the country, with an estimated 250 to be accredited by the end of 2015, it is the perfect opportunity for health systems to take fate into their own hands. From driving revenue, to increasing quality of care here are three main areas a hospital or health system can benefit in an in-house specialty pharmacy.

3 Trends to Watch in Healthcare Information Management

The healthcare industry is rapidly growing: With innovations in medical tools and new successful procedures performed annually, there is no shortage of change. Just as vital to the industry are solutions that help manage the information of the millions of patients who visit each year. To keep up with the demand and to facilitate the process, adjusting healthcare information management practices is a necessity. Here are three trends that are being implemented.

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This blog will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.

4 Trends for Rural Hospitals for 2015

Since 2010 there have been 47 rural hospital closures. The reasons behind the closures vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling. With difficulties from implanting EHR to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. Here are the top 4 trends we see effecting rural hospitals in 2015.

Top 3 Things that Defined Revenue Cycle Improvement 2014

2014 was another year big year for healthcare. As we continue to move toward a more patient-centered and transparent healthcare system, so too continue the changes to our payment models, insurance coverage and commitment to patient outcome measures. While there were many changes to keep track of, three things seem to have defined the progress made in the scope of revenue cycle improvement.

Managed Care – Not New but our Healthcare Perspective Might Be

Managed care has been around for almost one hundred years, at least in theory. When placed up against fee-for-service payment models, however, it was a hard sell. Traditionally, the way that physicians were compensated for their services was a fairly straight-forward invoicing process: they would bill the patient (or later, the payer) for everything they did in terms of diagnosing or treating the patient. Everything.

One Year Since CMS Cracked Down on Readmissions | Where Are We Now?

October 1st of last year, CMS cracked down on readmission rates for hospitals nationwide, handing out millions of dollars in penalties. The Affordable Care Act put these measures into place in order to curb the problem of readmissions, which are not only costly, but reflect an overall poor population health in the U.S. - especially for those patients with chronic conditions. For FY ‘14, 2% was withheld from payments per the guidelines for penalties. By 2015, the rate of withholding for penalties is expected to top 3%. In addition to the higher payments, there will also be additional diagnoses included in the readmission criteria list - it began with heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure and will now expand to include COPD and complications from chronic lung conditions.

Are ACOs Just HMOs in Disguise?

When we talk about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) , a lot of people think that they are nothing more than a second try at the ol’ Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) of the late 80s. ACOs may have some things in common with HMOs, but when you look a little bit closer you’ll see that there are a few very distinct elements that differentiate them.

The 411 on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) (video)

ACO stands for Accountable Care Organization. It is a concept that was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a nutshell, an ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations who work together in coordinating and transforming healthcare. ACOs benefit both patients and care givers by accomplishing the triple aim: Increase Quality Reduce Cost Improve Patient Experience

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