Telehealth — Is it hype or reality?

Healthcare is progressing down a road toward more simplicity, affordability, and efficiency.  A commonly talked about term in the medical industry is – telehealth or telemedicine. Telehealth introduces a entirely new and modernized healthcare technique and fosters better therapy procedures while possibly maintaining work-life balance.

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Telehealth promotes use of electronic health records, online support groups, digital communication, remote patient monitoring, online video visits or e-visits, patient engagement, medical device integration and more. The most potentially lucrative of the advantages of telehealth services is “telehealth visits”. Telehealth capabilities can reduce complexities of multiple trips to the physician and eased medical care procedures has great potential, is showing signs of success and promise.  It is not only for patients either – providers can gain competitive advantages over peers by expanding their geographic coverage, streamlining care operations leading to more patient care, higher patient satisfaction, and turning on-call hours to billable hours.

There are successes happening in terms of patient accessibility, convenience, provider to provider collaboration, and transforming from reactive patient care to proactive patient care.

What is telehealth?

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Over 90% of the medical practitioners say they have adopted “telemedicine”, or telehealth, in some form to sustain in the competitive market where success is determined by such innovative, user-intuitive factors.  However – the definition of “telehealth” includes a very broad definiton of technologies — some providers claim that they are using “telehealth” when in reality – they are using the telephone or internet access for simple online billing access.  We do not consider those examples “leading edge” telehealth, and most patients or industry people would not either.  Some industry studies also include Fitbit or other health and fitness tracking devices in their statistics for the “90%” usage statistic.  There are definitely benefits and technically that is “telehealth”, but when we think of leading edge telehealth — we think of it more in more complex patient care path activities and collaboration.

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We believe that it’s currently a much lower percentage that are using video visits, remote monitoring techniques, and medical device digital integrations in significant medical patient situations.

However – those more complex and  monitoring scenarios will increase dramatically over the next 1-5 years.  Moreover, patients are more inclined towards treatment procedures that are aligned with technological advancements and would welcome a better and more oversight “after the leave the clinic”, and will begin to expect more technology involvement to adapt to their schedules and help them and their loved ones to better and healthier lives.

There is no doubt though that telehealth video visits, digital communication, and remote coordination have defined a more convenient, safe, and affordable way of communicating to the healthcare provider, and for providers to communicate with patients. 

So there is much more to come in the future from telehealth capabilities.

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Who really benefits – patient or providers?

As the name indicates, telehealth visits include a doctor examining his patients through video i.e. both – the doctor and the patient do not need to be in the same examination room. It’s more convenient for the patient, more convenient for the provider, may not require physical clinic space costs.  With the advancements in mobile devices over the last few years, telemedicine has emerged in even more anytime-anywhere possibilities and convenience.

As the small smartphones have replaced televisions and provided easier access to internet and cloud services, telemedicine has emerged as a potentially vast healthcare solution.  Apart from the operational and logistical conveniences, the telehealth services, especially the electronic video visits make more financial sense. Telemedicine have symmetrically reduced healthcare costs for patients as well as healthcare providers and doctors.

Telehealth such as remote patient monitoring, digital coordination, patient engagement, and analysis have been known to reduce the healthcare service costs to a great extent. Telehealth’s electronic services have considerably contributed towards treatment cost savings for the patients, providers and the insurance companies — time required for services.  Telemedicine also can prevent medical staff and patient time in unnecessary and non-urgent healthcare visits, phone calls, and could practically eliminate the expenses of regular checkups or follow-up visits, if the patient is on-track for recovery.

And — if better patient care isn’t enough, physicians and clinicians can boost their revenue by attracting new patients, reducing no-shows, turning on-call hours into billable hours, and reduce overhead expenses for the healthcare providers who prefer flexible working hours for some part of the week.

Patients and Providers: Convenience and Accessibility

The patient’s modernized lifestyle has resulted in higher patient expectations for healthcare providers.  A Cisco global experience survey stated that almost 70% of the patients are comfortable communicating with physicians and providers via texting, email, and/or video instead of seeing providers in person.

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Patients are occupied in their over-hectic life schedules and although the illness demands a potential visit to the doctor, they are challenged to find a convenient time, or make the time to travel significant distances to meet physicians at a clinic.

Therefore, a potentially better, time saving and cost-effective solution is – telehealth visits. Some patients have a physical disability, may be too old to travel alone, or live in remote locations and do not have access to a specialist or even routine care options.  For them, video visits, remote monitoring, online patient management systems, and smartphone capabilities give them a new healthcare paradigm and accessability that they have not had before.

Studies show that there are merely 43 specialists for every 100,000 rural patients in the United States. With these lower numbers, care access is challenging.  These patients typically have to wait in long queues and have to travel long distances to visit the specialist.

However, it’s not just challenging for patients — it is challenging for physicians and healthcare providers throughout the patient’s continuum of care.  Physicians that need to coordinate and communicate with the primary care physician, surgeons, or specialists have significant challenges.  The collaboration and coordination among care specialists in other remote locations – make costs and efforts higher, and in many cases duplicate tests or information may be requested, and some collaboration may not be performed at all or in a timely manner because duplication or ineffective collaboration is more cost effective than current collaboration methods(which are wasteful and archaic).

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Telehealth and automated patient management capabilities offer an optimum solution by making specialist appointments easier, affordable, and closer regardless of the patient or physician’s location.  Automated patient management and monitoring capabilities allow a doctor to “see and monitor” a patient without much additional costs, and has significant benefits for the patient.  This works well for providers who wish to expand their patient population and aim to reach wider geographical areas, and also perform effective coordinated care with other specialists for a challenging patient case.

Summary

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Healthcare is on a road to lower costs, simplicity, affordability, cost and pricing transparency, patient visibility, and operational efficiency and telehealth capabilities will be one of the components along that path.

Telehealth can be a broad definition especially when reviewing some statistics.  While technically the statistics are accurate, telehealth for remote monitoring and video visits on a routine basis for complicated patient care paths is in its early adoption.  At first glance, it seems that telehealth revolves around patient-convenience — no waiting room chaos leads to a smooth way of getting treated at the convenience of the patients.

However, research also shows that patients engaged in telemedicine have fewer hospital re-admissions and score low on anxiety, depression, and stress.

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There are many possibilities and advantages for telehealth via video visits and automated patient management.  Better care and more convenient care for patients.  More care operational efficiencies and more time to care for patients via automation capabilities.  More revenues for physicians through broader geographic coverage, and easier collaboration.  More patients through higher patient satisfaction, and more referrals.

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What is Patient Engagement Really Worth? Patient Safety? Higher Reimbursement? Lower Operational Costs?

Statistics shows that everything is normal

Putting patients first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems – but is it really worth anything to the bottom-line for providers? Currently, healthcare has become patient-centric and patients are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”. Beyond safety and patient considerations, effective patient engagements means that you can save operational costs to manage patients throughout the continuum of care and also increase your reimbursements.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read the patients’ minds. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations.

Utilizing technologies for visit reminders, treatment reminders, outcome tracking, automating follow-up visits, and collaboration with other patient physicians and caregivers not only help strengthen the patient provider trust relationship — it also leads to higher quality care. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

The trend toward value care or episode based or bundled care pricing is not going away – it is consistently in the top 3 future trends for healthcare. And it’s not just CMS either — when Lifecycle Health is speaking with healthcare providers in the last 6 months, the comments seem to be more concerned around “The pricing and operational challenges for Value Care or bundled episode is not just CMS any more — during our latest contract renewals with commercial payers, they are now desiring the same organization and setup for patient bundles. This scenario is a real problem for healthcare providers as we need streamline our operations for both CMS and commercial patients to track bundles and patients effectively, and there is no real way to do this. This is why we have been impressed with the Lifecycle Health platform – it is tackling this issue.”

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patients are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

It is quite obvious. Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of them once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider.

The many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient management and coordination automation software that make it an easier process for you and your patients – and you do not have to break the bank on implementation!

LifeCycle Health is one among those who bridge the gap between all the members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single environment where they can share, interact, discuss, and communicate more effectively regarding the patient’s care path. Get to know more about our multi-provider healthcare methods, care coordination, and easy patient management platform capabilities.

To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at www.lifecyclehealth.com and experience immense care satisfaction for your patients, and gain significant efficiencies for your practice.

Putting the Patient’s Experience First

Putting the patient’s experience first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems. Nowadays, healthcare has become patient-centric and people are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”. The biggest challenge is “how, if, and when” will the healthcare networks and providers change their business processes to adapt to value care scenarios.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read a patient’s mind. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patients are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of themselves once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end – right? But it’s much more complicated than that to coordinate a patience for an entire episode. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider. It seems quite obvious – but its complicated, and keeping a patient engaged in their care along the continuum is more difficult than it would seem — and that’s if providers could find the time to help.

The many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient engagement software offerings that make it an easier process for providers and patients.

Lifecycle Health is one among those healthcare patient engagement and patient management solutions that bridges the gaps among the care team members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single platform where they can share, interact, discuss, and engage with each other — providers-to-providers, and patients-to-providers.

Get to know more about our methods of connecting the multiple provider care continuum, care coordination, and easy healthcare application. To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/home and enable your organization to provide immense care satisfaction with our proven methods.

Know How Telehealth has Impacted Healthcare Scenario Globally

Electronic communication has influentially penetrated in healthcare and has a great impact on patient care. It has incredibly changed the way physicians and patients interact, especially telemedicine. In a recent report by Winter Green Research, Inc., a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. it is predicted that the market for telemedicine software and devices will increase 736 million in 2011 to $2.5 billion in 2018 and the numbers seem to be progressing as expected.

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This care transition has made medicine available to regions which are void of adequate healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine employs a multitude of modern technologies to transmit information via audio, video, text, or images that ultimately leads to better healthcare. Patients can connect with healthcare specialists half way round the globe, email MRI scans or arrange a video conference for diagnosis. All what’s needed is – an internet connection. Interestingly, it is now even possible to distantly monitor the glucose levels or blood pressure of a clinic’s patients through a computer screen. Telehealth has raised the horizons for regions without adequate healthcare infrastructure. It helps under-staffed clinics and undertrained practitioners to deliver effective medical care through expert assistance.

The benefits are not limited. They extend from patients to care givers, financers, and various other aspects related to treatment procedures. There is a drastic cost reduction. Telemedicine offers cost savings as travel expenses (that usually amount on the higher side) are immensely reduced. Additionally, it provides a second line of training to junior physicians almost free of cost.

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The global telemedicine market is expanding at an exponential rate. Geographic analysis of telehealth oriented developments show major influences in some areas of the world. A number of factors spur the growth of telemedicine and other related e-health services to ensure better quality Patient Engagement services across the globe. Masses are becoming more aware about healthcare conditions and demand high-quality care, medication and attention. Telehealth relies on the information available on healthcare networks provided by EMR infrastructures that are incorporated in global health measures. This healthcare information exchange is in its young years on the international boundaries and is sure to capture a larger market in the coming years.

LifeCycle Health has taken the initiative of telehealth seriously and encourages extensive participation making quality healthcare approachable. We have accepted this concept of care transition and promote value care and bundled payment models to quench this desire for lower healthcare costs. Visit : http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/get-started/

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Importance & Consequences of Patient Engagement in Healthcare Solutions

Putting patients first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems. Nowadays, healthcare has become patient-centric and people are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

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Patient Provider Communication Collaboration

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read the patients’ minds. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

patient engagement -reimbursement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

self management

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patient Engagement Software are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

It is quite obvious. Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of them once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider.

operation effeciencyThe many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient engagement software that make it an easier process. Life Cycle Health is one among those healthcare providers who bridge the gap between all the members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single platform where they can share, interact, discuss, and fill follow-up surveys. Get to know more about our multi—provider healthcare methods, care transitioncare coordination, and easy healthcare application. To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/home and experience immense care satisfaction with our proven methods.

Read more info at :

  1.  4 Provider-Patient Communication Considerations for Better Healthcare
  2.  Value Based Care is the New Health Care

Educating Patients through Patient Engagement Software

In the recent years, delivering care has changed its terminologies. There has been a massive shift from the term patient care to patient engagement and the results are quite impressive. Patient engagement is not just limited to patient education or communication; it refers to the culture of the healthcare organizations and represents an active collaboration between providers and patients to design, control, and achieve positive health goals. Evidences demonstrate that patients who participate more actively in their healthcare practices and experience better health outcomes at lower costs.

patient engagement software has always been a positive approach towards making healthcare a better perceived notion. A recent survey conducted by California Healthcare Foundation revealed that patients want to get involved in their healthcare and medical procedures. However there is a huge gap between what patients want and what they experience.

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  • Although many Americans have access to their medical information in the electronic health records, only 80% of them actually use it.
  • 41% of the United States patients would be willing to switch doctors to have access to their online electronic medical records.
  • Not more than 20% of US adults have access to their online medical health records.

Although it is widely known that the patient engagement software aims at benefitting health care receivers, many times due to lack of a proper guidance, patients are deprived of the actual outcomes of their treatment procedures. Educating patients about the kinds of communication is possible, when to check the lab result, and when providers will use the messaging must be a deliberate process. Providers can start with incorporating regular patient input to refine the patient engagement efforts. In due course of time when patients start cultivating a habit of using the portal and witness a drastic change in their recovery patterns, only then will they be comfortable with using the patient engagement software.

Today, patients wish to be more active and participate in every healthcare move made by the providers. So, it is suggestible to have a common platform wherein all are well informed and can discuss openly about the treatment procedure. Episode based care is gaining potential and this provider-patient set up is working miracles. The patient engagement software are designed to share, communicate and have a record of the complete treatment process.

With emerging modern healthcare organizations like Lifecycle Health, medical health has reshaped its diagonals. Lifecycle Health understands healthcare and makes it work as it should. Our HIPPA compliant patient engagement model walks through every step initiated by the provider as well as the patient to give a clear picture of where the treatment is heading to. It is a perfect collaboration of technology and physiology and aims to make healthcare a pleasant experience. To learn more about our patient-provider engagement platform, please visit http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/.

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  2. 4 Provider-Patient Communication Considerations for Better Healthcare

 

Embrace Patient-Provider Communication for Better Healthcare

Research evidences state that there is a strong connection between a healthcare provider’s communicating ability and a patient’s capacity to follow his medical recommendations and adopt preventive health obligations. The physician’s communication skills have a profound impact on the functional and biological health outcomes of the patient. Here, our interests are much beyond just a dialogue between the patient and the provider. The intent is to closely monitor patient’s treatment progress and be available whenever the patient is in need. With the introduction of episode-based care, patients are beneficiaries as they themselves participate in their treatment procedures.

It is just not about the initial communication, there has to be a structural approach to the patient provider communication that ultimately improves healthcare delivery. E-Care is the trend of today and even healthcare has gone digital to an extent where patients and providers do not meet in person, still are so closely connected and the exchange of documents, disease summaries and patient history is done virtually. There are software platforms that bring all – the health-care givers and receivers together and allow them have a dialogue, share documents, and schedule virtual meetings.

DIAGNOSIS

Most of the part of the patient provider communication is made during the diagnosis phase, which is the initial most interaction between the two. Diagnostic procedures and decisions are usually made after the history-taking component.

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E-Portals have made it possible to send images, reports, and other medicine information that is critical for the physician to know before initiating the therapy. It is a critical phase as it is at this time when the patient starts building trust in the healthcare provider. However, studies revealed that patients are often not allowed to share complete details of their medical history; rather the physicians interrupt the explanation, which leads to diagnostic inaccuracy. Apparently, when patients are interrupted, it hinders the relation at the first step.

ADHERENCE TO TREATMENT PROCEDURES

The extent to which patients conforms to the doctors’ recommendations is called as adherence. Certainly, this is one of the most common practice in healthcare – non-adherence. Some disagree with the clinician’s terms, some worried about the cost, some find the instructions too difficult to follow, and some felt that the prescription is against their personal beliefs.

Senior patient with her doctor

Episode-based care has eliminated non-adherence to medical procedures as it becomes compulsory for the patient to fill survey forms periodically and assess their own progress. Resultantly, the physician also analyses and suggests better medications and physical exercises that are tracked too. Thus, there is least chance of any negligence or non-adherence to the treatment process.

PATIENT SAFETY & SATISFACTION

Communication among the people involved in either side of the treatment procedures plays an active role in strengthening the relationship leading to a better healthcare service. Any kind of miscommunication may lead to dangerous results on patient care. So, when patient provider communication is proper, patients are expressive and more participative in the treatment procedures resulting in an overall positive therapy.

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Patients want to be better informed about their medical condition, care methodology, and care providers so that they know they are in safe hands and are microscopically observed. With innovative care models, patients are becoming more knowledgeable and satisfied with the care transition episodes they come across.

Even though there is a lot of technical expertise, communication barrier may ruin the patient provider communication

Here are certain things to be considered for healthy healthcare deliveries :

  • Listen to understand: Most of the times doctors listen to their patients only to respond not to understand. Here, they pre-assume things and start manipulating what is actually said by the patients.
  • Take the time to listen: You cannot just rely on the symptoms about the actual medical condition of the patient. You need to ask some things too.
  • Minimize the sense of threat: Be fair enough to make patients understand the causes of their illness, be honest to what you feel, acknowledge their emotions, and involve them in certain decisions so that they feel an important part of the treatment procedure.

Healthcare is now measurable with the generation of figures and statistical data of how the treatment has progressed. All those are involved including the care provider and patient need to be active in all the conversations and complete their part of the job in order to get a comprehensive care outcome data.

No two people are same. So, it is important to treat every individual patient with utmost care. It is vital to communicate with every patient with a new perspective; rather by understanding their individual medical condition. It is only when you build the rapport that you will be able to invest in better healthcare.

LifeCycle Health empathizes with this important criterion in the healthcare providers and patient’s treatment procedures. To know more about our ways of improving patient provider communication, visit our website http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/. We take pride in strengthening bonds within the healthcare industry.

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Value Based Care is the New Health Care

Care delivery in the United States is the one of the costliest affairs for the residents of the nation. To put things in perspective, U.S. healthcare costs nearly $2 trillion every year, out of which more than 31% is never presented to the recipients (counts for administration costs). This, undoubtedly calls for an immediate and drastic care transition and Value Based Care (VBC) is a terminology that has been long awaited. The shift from volume-care to value-care is no easier than accepting smart phones/tablets/laptops in replacement of the bulky PCs. This shift from the fee-for-service payment models to value based care compel health systems to blend operational, financial, clinical, and other data to improve quality, control costs and managing provider networks, and providing access. The U.S. Government is building a new payment landscape and creating a new paradigm which undertakes the responsibility of coordinating complete care along with bearing the risks of costs and outcomes.

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Value based care has emerged as a successful model with the refinement of information technology and application of strategies to the traditional fee-for-service payment mechanism that ruled the healthcare until lately. Value based care is a highly integrated system and includes the medical Shared Savings Program, value based payments to the hospitals, and others.

Reshaping the healthcare models, a multitude of new payment models have been established, out of which the most important is Value Based Reimbursement (VBR). The Obama Administration introduced and implemented multiple VBR verticals including bundled payments, medical home models, variations of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and special incentives to physicians for care coordination, giving way to many more innovations. The MACRA’s sweeping payment reform provisions comprise of several steps to facilitate providers to participate in Alternative Payment Models (APMs) for initial bonus payments, exemption from MIPS requirements, and are not expected to meet EHR requirements. The healthcare providers participating in APMs are eligible for higher annual payment updates for their fee-for-service revenue stream beginning in 2026. Further, MACRA also establishes a 2-track system for identifying qualifying participants

1) Beginning in 2019, if they receive a significant share of APM revenue in Medicare alone; or

2) Beginning in 2021, if they receive a significant share of APM revenue through Medicare or a combination of Medicare and other payers.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) aims for converting 30 percent of the fee-for-service Medicare payments to value based care models by the end of 2016 and expects 50 percent of traditional payments undergo this care transition by 2018.

Bundled Payments

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Also called as episode based payments, this introduces a single payment for services provided under a complete episode of care. Providers including the hospitals, physicians, settings, surveys, procedures and exercises all come together on a single platform and interact closely to make the medical procedure hassle-free and convenient for both – the providers and patients. This drastically reduces the medical expenditure too.

The VBC initiatives are being appreciated by care-givers, payers, and other stakeholders.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated a growth at the rate of $10 billion per year for medical reformation efforts like VBC.
  • Aetna invested 15 percent of its spending towards VBC efforts and announced to invest up to 45 percent by 2017.
  • The Department of Health & Human Services aims at tying 30 percent of their payments to value based care payment models by the end of 2016 and would increase this to 50 percent by 2018.

The government has initiated the care transition and now is the time for some real change in the healthcare spendings of the United States. Life Cycle Health’s initiatives are in compliance with the government’s take on value based care system and our patterns adhere to treating patients with complete satisfaction and at reasonable prices. We designed a platform where all individuals involved in patient care can interact throughout the treatment episode and invest our innovative ideas so that medical care can prosper with the willingness of care-givers and patients. We accept bundled payments so as to calm down the huge medical expenses.

For more info visit :

  1. Value Care is the New Health Care – United States Government
  2. Value-based care is changing everything