Last month Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released 2 new patient engagement models called beneficiary engagement and incentives. These two models are the Shared Decision Making Model (SDM) and Direct Decision Support Model (DDS). What are these models and what does it mean for Patint Engagement? Here is what you should know. Patient Engagement Models: Shared Decision Makin...

Last month the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released open data on Medicare Plan D. This led me to ask the question, “What are the top monthly prescribed drugs in America, how much are individual patients and Medicare paying for these drugs, and what role can technology play in bringing down these costs?” These are some of the questions Americans face when paying for and managi...

Before the Affordable Care Act and the movement of value-based care, hospitals really didn’t have to worry about making sure patients didn’t return to the hospital after discharge. Hospitals are facing penalties for readmission. Patient engagement has gone from being a theory to what organizations are now implementing to save money. Both patients and health organizations are seeking ways to learn ...

In a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), they conducted an analysis and made a suggestion of what it would take for a Hospital to save over $1 million dollars by hiring 9 professionals to work with a primary care team. This team is called the Primary Care Dream Team. The cost of readmission is high and ways to reduce readmission while improving care coordination is valuable. The avera...