Patient Engagement

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Why getting surgical documentation right matters

When it comes to surgery, if something isn’t documented in a patient’s chart it’s as though it didn’t happen. Even the most basic facts of a case must be recorded with the correct clinical terminology in order to ensure high-quality care. And it’s not just the operative note that’s important – excellent documentation is needed at all stages of a patient’s surgical care.

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The challenge of vaccinating the most vulnerable

In December 2020, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine, initiating the largest inoculation effort in US history. But, three months later the rollout has not gone as smoothly as hoped – putting more stress on already overburdened health systems and providers.

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HHS proposes overdue changes to HIPAA privacy rule

When access to healthcare services is fragmented – changing depending on plan types, insurance companies, and much more – patient care can suffer. That’s a problem that a new proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services hopes to address.

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The Primary Care First Act and the changing nature of healthcare reimbursement

When we’re sick, many of us see a mix of primary care physicians and specialists – and sometimes just specialists alone. But this practice isn’t always the best use of resources. The Primary Care First Act, explored in IMO’s new insight brief, aims to help change this dynamic by increasing the responsibilities of, and reimbursement rates for, providers in the primary care realm.

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Problem with the Problem List
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The problem with the medical problem list

Organization is everywhere these days, whether it’s targeted at getting your house, your finances, your job, or your life in order. So, it makes sense that there’s a need for organization within the medical field as well. What to tackle first? The medical problem list – an often-disorganized hub with an overwhelming amount of information – is a strong candidate for a revamp.

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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen
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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen

When the new coronavirus hit US hospitals at the beginning of the year, many institutions halted elective surgical procedures and diverted resources to care for pandemic patients. Now, most operating rooms have reopened their doors, but patient anxiety about coming into contact with COVID-19 is still keeping many away.

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The changing nature of sharing the EHR

Sharing the electronic health record (EHR) screen can be a powerful way to establish trust and understanding between the physician and patient, but what message does a disorganized record send? And how does sharing change when patient visits are virtual?

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The evolution of the EHR

The transition from paper charts to electronic health records hasn’t been easy, but there’s no denying the power and potential of the EHR. Andrew S. Kanter, MD, and Steven Rube, MD, reflect on the early days of the technology and what the future holds for patients and providers.

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Managing the financials of population health

Reimbursements, population health, long-term outcomes – the value-based care model is changing how many health systems around the country think about these concepts. It’s a lot to manage, and it takes thoughtful planning to do it right. Get a jump start on designing your strategies with our latest eBook, Managing the financials of population health: Challenges and solutions.

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Interoperability, information blocking, and the coming data tsunami

Increased interoperability – specifically, the sharing of electronic health data between systems – can be an enormous help for clinicians. But as new federal rules are put into action, clinicians may soon be facing too much of a good thing. Download our latest white paper for more on the coming “data tsunami.”

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