Aledade and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians are launching an accountable care organization in January. Aledade will provide software and other resources to participating health care providers to assist with the transition to value-based care.
Specialty access standards used by five state Medicaid agencies did not significantly improve access to specialist physicians, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. By next year, the CMS will require state Medicaid programs to implement time and distance standards for managed care organizations to ensure Medicaid patients have adequate access to specialist physicians.
Federal data show that in the first year that health care providers were allowed to bill Medicare for advance care planning, almost 575,000 beneficiaries engaged in end-of-life discussions with a clinician. The number is higher than expected, but it represents only about 1% of eligible beneficiaries, and researcher Donald Taylor said use of the program varied widely by state.
A study in Health Affairs found offering a financial incentive to newly insured, low-income patients who did not have a regular source of care increased the likelihood they would have a primary care visit within six months of gaining coverage. The likelihood of a visit increased with the amount of the incentive, researchers said.
EHR access helps emergency medical services organizations improve clinical decision-making during high-stakes transitions of care and allows long-term post-acute care facilities to improve care coordination between providers and prescribers, experts say. Integrating EHR use and adopting health information exchange can also boost care management and collaboration among physicians in specialty care facilities.
Metabolically healthy adults who were overweight had a 26% higher risk of heart disease, compared with normal-weight adults, while those who were obese had a 28% higher risk, according to a study in the European Heart Journal. People with three or more heart risk factors had twice the likelihood of developing heart disease regardless of their weight, the study found.
A worldwide survey presented at the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis found that indigenous peoples in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand had higher rates of hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection than the general population. Causes can include poverty and a lack of access to health care.
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