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The Stats Don’t Lie – So Why Aren’t More Providers on Board with Navigation?

Posted by Cordata Health

November 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

We’ve known for a long time that quality navigation improves outcomes for providers and patients. Yet navigation is still underutilized across many specialties, not to mention among general care providers. And that leads to higher costs – especially when it comes to the emergency department (ED).

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Five Trends Affecting Cancer Care

Posted by Cordata Health

August 22, 2017 at 11:35 AM

The oncology treatment landscape is continuously shifting. Along with new discoveries and innovations consistently popping up, overarching trends in the health care industry are bound to affect the way we address cancer treatment.

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Topics: reimbursement, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care

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

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

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

Bundled Payments: Are Payers and Physicians Ready?

Posted by Cordata Health

January 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Bundled payments are one of the hot topics in the health care industry, and have been for some time. But now there’s evidence that doctors are finally ready to implement them – and that these models underscore clinical success, as well.

At its core, health care is – or should be – about the patient. Yet many providers’ reimbursement models are based not on quality of care, but type and quantity. The renewed focus on treatment outcomes means bundled payments are finally beginning to see an increase in adoption, if not yet fully replacing fee-for-service models. Consultancy Strategy& conducted research into bundles’ rise and found that, across the board, physicians are ready to embrace them going forward.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Bundled Payments, Financial Incentives

A Look Back at the Top Stories of 2016

Posted by Cordata Health

December 27, 2016 at 1:09 PM

2016 has been quite the year when it comes to changes in health care. From proliferating technology to an increased focus on patient engagement, there have been great strides in treatment innovation and managing how providers care for patients.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement

Survey: Majority of Seniors Lack Proper Care Coordination

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

The benefits of care coordination are numerous, especially for patients seeing multiple specialists and those with chronic diseases. Yet a recent survey of 1,000 senior citizens reveals that a surprising majority of them lack quality care coordination.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Chronic Care

Cerner CEO Urges Focus on Patient Engagement

Posted by Cordata Health

December 6, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Neal Patterson, Chairman, CEO and a founding member of Cerner, recently made a surprise appearance at the annual Cerner Health Conference, calling for more focus on patient engagement in EHR use. When Patterson was diagnosed with cancer on New Year’s Eve 2015, he suddenly saw the patient experience from the opposite side of the table.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement

How Trinitas Regional Medical Center Puts Care Coordination Principles into Action

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Many hospitals around the world are adopting care coordination practices to great effect, improving outcomes for patients and the overall quality of healthcare across the industry. Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of the Cordata family, is one such provider. The Cancer Center recently added a dedicated breast surgeon to their ranks as part of their multidisciplinary breast health program. Adriana Suarez-Ligon, MD, is a surgeon who specializes in breast pathology, with expertise in procedures spanning the spectrum from benign to malignant diseases.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement

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