Patients Who Self-Report Symptoms Live Longer

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Physician: "How have you been feeling this week?"
Patient: "I was pretty sick – vomiting a lot. Not sure if it was one of the meds I am on or not."
Physician: “Why didn’t you call? We could have perhaps called in a prescription to help you or changed your meds.”
Patient: “Well, I didn’t want to bother you.”

This is a sample conversation like one that Dr. Ethan Basch, who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNC, alluded to in a recent podcast. Many physicians regularly face similar situations because patients feel uncomfortable self-reporting symptoms associated with diseases and treatment.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, oncology, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

A Quick Overview of Value-Based Care and Payment Models in Cancer Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

May 9, 2017 at 3:24 PM

MACRA. MIPS. APMS. Value-based care. All of these topics can certainly be confusing. Still, CEOs and physicians face largely the same problem: balancing the requirements for so many different fee structures. Fee-for-service and alternative payment models (APMs) will exist simultaneously for quite some time under MACRA. And then there are the merit-based incentive payment systems (MIPS).

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Topics: Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Payment Models, Value-Based Care, MACRA

Survey: Quality Coordination Begins with Primary Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 27, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Strong patient-physician relationships form the core of quality care coordination. But many people lack access to this type of care, even in high-income countries with strong healthcare systems. A recent survey conducted by The Commonwealth Fund found that out of a population sample from 11 high-income countries, 5.2% of all respondents reported poor care coordination. And in the United States, that percentage was nearly double, at 9.8%.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination

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

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

Why Care Coordination is Crucial for Spinal Care

Posted by Cordata Health

April 3, 2017 at 12:31 PM

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

The Importance of Personalizing Patient Engagement

Posted by Cordata Health

February 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM

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

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

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

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