Taking the risk out of risk identification

As the healthcare industry continues its seismic shift from volume- to value-based care, primary care physicians have had to assume more responsibility for identifying and flagging patient risk.

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Finding a faster path to value-based care

Three-quarters of physicians and health plan executives reported that quality measure are too complex, making it difficult for physicians to achieve them. Review this and other findings in this 2016 Quest Diagnostics/Inovalon report.

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5 tips to make your EHR work harder for you

According to Medscape, more than four out of five physicians use an EHR. As the healthcare environment moves from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, it’s more important than ever for practices to make full use of their EHRs in support of improved patient care and outcomes as well as reimbursements. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your EHR is working hard for you, your patients, and your practice.

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Prevent diabetes patients from slipping through the cracks

Getting diabetes patients to follow their treatment plans to the letter can be challenging, as evidenced by the high rate of nonadherence for chronic conditions overall. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of all medications for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus are not taken as prescribed.1

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Easy ways to keep your hard-working staff happier

Because they’re often your patients’ first impression of your practice, your staff can play a key role in patient perceptions of the quality of the care they receive. How can you keep those perceptions positive and increase patient satisfaction? Keep employees positive and satisfied, too. Boosting staff morale may increase productivity as well: a 2010 Gallup study found that the least happy and least engaged employees cost their organizations as much as $28,000 annually per person in lost productivity, compared to a mere $840 among the happiest workers.1

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Knowing starts with the patient history

Advances in technology, genetic testing, and genomic medicine are revolutionizing patient care. Yet the mainstay of diagnostic work is still the patient history.

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Safeguard your patients—and your practice—with chronic opioid therapy monitoring

As opioid-related deaths continue to rise in the U.S., primary care practices are on the front lines of what has become an unprecedented nationwide epidemic.1,2

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What the shift in quality reporting under MACRA could mean for your practice

As healthcare continues its shift from volume- to value-based care, the quality of care that you and your practice provide has never been more important. This focus on quality—and the quality metrics that support it—will not only change the way you care for your patients. It will also change the way you are compensated for that care.

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