Coordinated Care

Health care costs are staggering. American taxpayers, consumers and employers pay more per capita for health care than any other country in the developed world. As a result, health plans are under enormous pressure from employers and regulators to contain medical costs, which means limiting member use of care services to that which are deemed…

Read more The high cost of obtaining authorizations for care

What does care coordination have in common with a highway? Or population health with an 18-wheeler? Before I explain, let’s define these terms. Care coordination is the practice of deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care, and…

Read more On the Road to Care Coordination: First Stop, Population Health Management

By Jamie Gier, Chief Marketing Officer, SCI Solutions In our service-oriented culture, waiting for a call back is hardly grounds for repeat business. But it’s standard practice in health care. Recently, my mom made a visit to her primary care physician after continuing to experience headaches for several weeks following a car accident. The doctor…

Read more If you don’t hear from us in a week, call.

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions The market for care coordination technology is predicted to grow 26.1 percent annually between now and 2020, according to a recent Frost and Sullivan study. The study defines care coordination software as “applications that are specifically designed to enable team-based patient care, particularly for at-risk patients with…

Read more Care Coordination Market to Grow 26.1 Percent CAGR in Next Five Years

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions This week Medicare announced their move away from fee-for-service medicine within four years, outlining a plan to have 50 percent Medicare dollars paid to doctors and hospitals by alternative reimbursement models by 2018. This follows UnitedHealth Group’s announcement last week that they will increase value-based payments by…

Read more Medicare and UnitedHealth Say Goodbye to Fee-For-Service Medicine

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions CMS recently announced a new $840 million initiative to reward health care providers to improve medical care and cut health costs. Aligned with the Affordable Care Act, the new Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is designed to support 150,000 clinicians over the next four years to redesign how…

Read more New $840 Million Grant for Doctors to Improve Healthcare, but is Health IT ready?

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions While the adoption of electronic medical records has dramatically increased over the past few years thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s $24 billion in incentives, one key hurdle remains – interoperability. Say a doctor at Hospital A needs to refer a patient to Specialist B – the…

Read more You Can’t Teach a Legacy EMR New Tricks: Why Healthcare Needs Interoperability Now

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions In a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, average spending per Medicare recipient appears to be declining. While New York Times’ reporters Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy argue the numbers do not necessarily indicate an ongoing downward trend, one fact remains clear – Medicare reimbursement rates…

Read more Medicare Spending in Decline: How Do Practices Stay Afloat?