Focus on Reducing the Cost of Care

Reducing the cost of care requires aligning incentives of providers, payers and patients

Congress, government agencies, presidential candidates, consumers and the industry itself talk about the need to lower healthcare costs, but what does this entail? Many want to target drug costs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has mandated hospitals to post a list of their standard charges by diagnostic-related group, in an effort for consumers to have transparent cost options. And providers need to collect every penny owed them and combat revenue leakage. This month, Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews and Healthcare Finance News take a look at what all of this means and how technology, as always, is spurring innovative solutions.

-- Susan Morse, senior editor, Healthcare Finance News

What you need to know

LCMC Health uses pop health tech to attack value-based care head on
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After several years of testing value-based programs and payment models, health system LCMC Health...

By Bill Siwicki |
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Cerner and Uber are collaborating to help get patients to and from their doctor's appointments –...

By Mike Miliard |

(L-R): John Halamka, Mike Baird, Lyle Berkowitz, John Korangy and Roy Schoenberg at the recent Connected Health Conference

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In a panel this past week at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference in Boston, Dr. John Halamka,...

By Mike Miliard |
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In an effort to help broaden the ways in which social determinants of health can inform clinical...

By Mike Miliard |
Hospital replaces manual Rx process with e-filling, achieves error rate of just .006%

Tabula Rasa HealthCare in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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LIFE St. Mary, a hospital in the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic health system, had a manual process...

By Bill Siwicki |
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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has millions of patients who receive ongoing,...

By Benjamin Harris |
For one clinic, referral authorization tech cuts process from 5 minutes to 25 seconds

Pembroke Pines, Florida-based Primary Care Offices.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida-based Primary Care Offices was facing a few administrative challenges,...

By Bill Siwicki |
UnitedHealthcare app gives members on-demand access to telehealth services
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UnitedHealthcare launched a new app this week that enables its millions of members to access on...

By Max Sullivan |
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Trust in artificial intelligence technology is rising sharply across healthcare, with many...

By Nathan Eddy |

AMA Board Chair Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld

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At the Connected Health Conference in Boston next Wednesday, a half-day event will explore the...

By Mike Miliard |
Atrium Health merges SDOH data into its Cerner EHR to improve care, trim costs

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.

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Since the 1980s, social determinants of health have been examined from more of an academic and...

By Bill Siwicki |
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In an effort to help healthcare organizations achieve more from their analytics – and better...

By Mike Miliard |
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Cerner and analytics vendor i2i Population Health are teaming up to help enable Medicaid cost...

By Nathan Eddy |
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Healthcare technology company Aledade, which works with groups participating in the Medicare...

By Nathan Eddy |
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As part of its Patients Over Paperwork initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

By Mike Miliard |
The new platform applies natural language understanding technology to help health systems tackle their clinical documentation improvement initiatives.
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For their first new post-acquisition technology, 3M Health Information Systems and M*Modal have...

By Mike Miliard |

Dr. Albert Chan of Sutter Health, speaking at Health 2.0 on Monday.

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SANTA CLARA – At the Health 2.0 Provider Symposium on Monday, one physician leader opened the...

By Mike Miliard |
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As more health systems avail themselves of the quality, cost and access benefits that come with...

By Mike Miliard |
How merging financial and clinical data saved Yale New Haven Health $150 million

Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Yale New Haven Health in New Haven, Connecticut, is a 2,409-bed health system that includes Yale...

By Bill Siwicki |
How asynchronous telemedicine saved SSM Health 18 minutes per visit
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SSM Health, a health system that serves Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, is always...

By Bill Siwicki |
How mobile RFID communications and OR workflow tech saved one hospital $1M annually

Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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When Randy Saad first started as director of perioperative services at Los Angeles-based...

By Bill Siwicki |
How University of Rochester uses AI to reduce risk of failed follow-up

The University of Rochester Medical Center.

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The University of Rochester Medical Center needed a better way to ensure that its many patients...

By Bill Siwicki |
Cerner, partners with Simplee on price transparency
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Cerner is working with Simplee, a developer of SaaS-based patient financial experience tools, to...

By Nathan Eddy |

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Mark Jackson of precision medicine company NantHealth was at Health 2.0 looking for new opportunities to bring valuable cloud-based data to physicians at the point of care.

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There are ways patients and providers can more effectively navigate the complexity of healthcare costs, says Rebekah Angove, vice president at the Patient Advocate Foundation.

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Leonard D'Avolio, founder and CEO of Cyft, says machine learning is only a means to an end, helping organizations learn from data more quickly and intuitively.

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This is the year that health tech ideas are coalescing toward a real sea change, says Dr. Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer at HIMSS International.

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