In May, Texas became the last state in the U.S. to allow telemedicine visits without face-to-face preliminary meetings between patients and doctors. Telemedicine has been growing in popularity, with more and more health systems offering virtual visits as a way to provide healthcare more conveniently and at a lower cost. But a study earlier this year found that telehealth may not actually save money, and providers have been stymied by limited reimbursement for virtual care. Download the PDF.
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Rural hospitals continue to face fairly dire financial times. The National Rural Health Association last year suggested that more than 670 rural hospitals were at risk of closing. Since 2010, when three rural hospitals shuttered, the annual pace of closures has more than doubled.
Today, there are more than 11 million individuals who receive services from both Medicare and Medicaid. For these dually eligible beneficiaries, care is often fragmented across a wide array of medical, behavioral health, and long-term care providers. All of these services and supports need to be coordinated effectively to improve care for this population, yet Medicare and Medicaid offer otherwise uncoordinated systems of care with different eligibility criteria, benefits, provider networks, and enrollment processes.
Patients with chronic conditions rely on their healthcare teams to help them manage their health, according to a new infographic by West Corporation.
The infographic examines the steps providers can take to monitor and manage chronic disease among their patient populations.
With the rise of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality/augmented reality, telemedicine, 3D-printing, portable diagnostics, health sensors and wearables, the entire structure of healthcare, as well as the roles of patients and doctors, will fundamentally shift from the current status quo, according to a new infographic by The Medical Futurist.
The infographic compares the current, traditional healthcare system, its structure and its roles with the modern healthcare system characterized by digital health.
The shift to value-based payment is a slow one, with most health plans not yet making the transition to risk, according to a new infographic by HealthScape Advisors.
Value-based healthcare reimbursement models encourage healthcare organizations to better engage with their patients. In addition, social media is being used as a transformative tool, and an enhanced focus on digital will offer organizations new and different ways to interact with patients, according to a new infographic by Adelphi University.
The infographic examines five key ways to enhance patient engagement, common patient engagement obstacles and the most effective patient engagement tools.
Total healthcare spending is expected to rise to one-fifth of the U.S. economy by 2025, according to a new infographic by the Peterson Center on Healthcare.
The infographic drills down on U.S. healthcare spending trends as well as the impact of unnecessary and ineffective spending.