What is Specialty Care Coordination? And Why Is It Important to the C-Suite?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Despite the ample evidence in favor of coordinated care’s impact on positive patient outcomes, many C-suite leaders see implementing care coordination services as a risky move. This often boils down to financial worries, as well as unclear understanding of the potential cost–benefit ratio. Yet as the industry moves further toward a value-based ecosystem, executives need to realize that care coordination is actually a driver of higher quality and lower cost care.

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Topics: ROI, Navigation & Care Coordination, Value-Based Care, Patient Outcomes

Patient Engagement Tools: Overcoming Barriers & Improving Outcomes

Posted by Cordata Health

April 14, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Patient Engagement Tools

Does every patient engagement tool improve outcomes? That’s the question that many providers have been asking as engagement has gained traction in the health care industry. Even some of the biggest names in health technology are getting on board.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Technology, Patient Engagement

Oncology Medical Home Accreditation Update: Two Years In

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 10, 2017 at 9:45 AM

CoC Oncology Medical Home Logo

In 2015, we blogged about the Oncology Medical Home (OMH) Pilot Program kicking off at the Commission on Cancer (CoC). After two years, we thought it would be a great time for an update on what has been going on!

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Topics: CoC, OMH

Why Care Coordination is Crucial for Spinal Care

Posted by Cordata Health

April 3, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Spine Care Coordination

Spinal patients are some of those most in need of coordinated care. Yet spinal care is notoriously fractured and can be quite frustrating to navigate – and people are taking notice. Patrick Vega, M.S., Vice President, Corazon, Inc., recently authored a guest blog post for Becker’s Spine Review highlighting the need for improved spinal patient navigation.

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Topics: Spine, Navigation & Care Coordination

Oncology Quality Measures: Implement the Right Cancer Dashboard

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The business of oncology measures (or metrics) can be a complicated one, however your organizations refer to them. Building internal cancer quality dashboards is often a confusing process. How do you know which factors you should be measuring, monitoring and sharing? Which information systems can provide real-time data? And what if that data needs to be aggregated from a few different systems to get a complete data set? 

Those are all great questions. Here’s another one: where do you start when trying to implement (or improve) your measurements?

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Topics: oncology, Reporting/Analytics, Certification & Accreditation

MIPS & APM: Common Concerns and Requirements

Posted by Cordata Health

March 13, 2017 at 1:53 PM

The Issue

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has introduced another step of the transition toward value-based reimbursements. When the final rule was released last October, many in the healthcare industry were unsure how to move forward in the new landscape.

This new care model includes two reimbursement paths for physicians: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which consolidates three existing incentive programs rewarding performance and outcomes such as meaningful use, and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APM) such as the Oncology Care Model (OCM). These new reimbursement measures are based on quality as opposed to the traditional fee-for-service model.

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Topics: Value-Based Care, MACRA

The Importance of Personalizing Patient Engagement

Posted by Cordata Health

February 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Personalized Patient Engagement

It’s sometimes easy to forget that patient engagement is about more than technology. Proper engagement requires a paradigm shift, with personalized strategies at the center of the transformation. Every patient is different, and making sure that they achieve the best outcomes requires providers to re-think their interactions in order to empower patients to take an active role in their own care.
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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement

Still Thinking Oncology Care Coordination Is Too Expensive - Think Again

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

February 6, 2017 at 4:24 PM

From 2013 to 2015, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System hired non-licensed staff to help high-cost and high-risk cancer patients navigate the medical system and their treatments as part of their Patient Care Connect Program (PCCP). The patient navigators specifically linked patients with resources, improved care coordinated, anticipated their health needs, and encouraged patients to play a more active role in healthcare decision-making.

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Topics: ROI, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination

Care Coordination Value Proposition in Action: The Tale of One Provider

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

January 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Care Coordination Nurse

We are glad to hear that the healthcare community is defining the trifecta for value-based care as population health management, care coordination and medication adherence.  Here at Cordata, we focus on the key role of care coordination in helping our clients manage specialty care efficiently and effectively – and that certainly involves aspects of population health management and medication adherence. In other words, we see care coordination as being the heart of value-based care.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Population Health, Value-Based Care

How to Succeed with Bundled Payments

Posted by Cordata Health

January 23, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Bundled Payments Success

While bundled payments promise cost reductions and better quality care, simply adopting them within a pre-existing structure will not magically fix every problem providers and healthcare organizations face. The implementation and management process when adopting new payment models is vital to ensuring their success. Getting those steps right sets the stage for continued benefits down the road for both patients and providers.

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Topics: outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Bundled Payments