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Benefits of Hospice Care

When patients enter the dusk of their sunset years, they need peace, support, and care. It can be a trying time for patients and family alike -- but with hospice, the burden weighs a little easier. According to one report published in the BMJ’s Supportive and Palliative Care, patients who enroll in hospice during their [...]

By |2019-07-25T20:51:56+00:00July 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Effective Opioid Care is Proactive, Not Reactive

Will funding for initiatives against opioid addiction come from the very people who manufacture the pills? In recent months, pharmaceutical companies have found themselves in the legal hot seat. So far, over 2,000 local and tribal governments have sought action against the manufacturers in court, hoping to recoup some -- if not all -- of [...]

By |2019-06-28T17:34:02+00:00June 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Co-Pay Accumulators Are on the Chopping Block — Here’s Why

Copay accumulators aren’t welcome in Virginia. As of this March, state legislators in both the state and its neighbor, West Virginia, passed legislation that requires insurers to count copay assistance cards and manufacturer-provided coupons towards patients’ out-of-pocket limits. This measure comes in direct response to insurers’ increased tendency to use the policies to prevent payment [...]

By |2019-05-17T15:26:32+00:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Challenges and Opportunities of Integrated Health Homes

Fragmented care has long been a frustrating thorn in the sides of those living with multiple or chronic illnesses. Despite the complexity of their conditions, these patients often receive little to no support when coordinating their medical treatment and struggle to shoulder the administrative burden themselves. Change, however, may be on the way in Illinois; [...]

By |2019-11-26T20:01:02+00:00April 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

We Can Overcome Hurdles in Telehealth Implementation

Telemedicine is an inarguable boon to modern care. By complementing traditional in-practice services with telemedical offerings, healthcare providers can extend specialty consults into the most remote rural clinics, cut down on the time patients wait for care, and even reach those who might have otherwise foregone the time and expense of in-person care.   The [...]

By |2019-02-12T20:55:04+00:00February 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Is the Future of Healthcare Outpatient-Centric?

Hospitals might once have been the treatment hub for all of a communities’ aches, pains, and surgical procedures -- but that central status is becoming hazier by the day. In the last few years, increasing pressure to make health services more affordable, accessible, and effective has prompted many healthcare organizations to decompress their campuses and [...]

By |2019-01-28T16:09:53+00:00January 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Balancing Efficiency and Value in Healthcare

When it comes to healthcare delivery, our intent is to be ever quicker, more effective, and less expensive. We want to improve treatment experiences and patient outcomes without slipping on our efficiency scores; we aim to provide ever-soaring value for our providers, payers, and patients, but we don’t want to stop cutting costs. When those [...]

By |2018-12-21T16:16:02+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments