The Case for a National Patient Identifier: 20 Years Later

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The intention of a national patient identifier started out as a benevolent one: under the guise of HIPAA legislation in 1996, give each patient a unique, permanently assigned number to be used across the entire national healthcare system. Obviously,...

Patient Engagement Outreach Vs Outcomes

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As the Office of National Coordinator, Health and Human Services and other government entities try to solve the interoperability and data sharing challenge, even among themselves, providers are still floundering. They are wondering which way to turn ...

The Hospital Readmissions Blame Game

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Much has been written in the news and healthcare industry recently about reducing hospital readmissions. However, the jury is still out on the source of the readmissions revolving door.  What we do know is that readmissions are one of the greate...

Three Ways ACOs can Use Social Determinants of Health to Survive, and Maybe Succeed

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The greatest risk doesn’t always yield the greatest reward, or does it? A recent study in the Health Affairs revealed that just over half of accountable care organizations (ACOs) said they would consider leaving the Medicare Shared Savings Program ...
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