Physician payment reform is gaining traction because more experts believe quality of care improvements will not happen without fundamentally changing how doctors are reimbursed. Physicians have a big effect on quality and cost of care, but experts said performance measures and public reporting are not enough to generate the improvements needed in the health system.
An iDataResearch study suggests that the U.S. market for patient tracking technology will hit about $4 billion in seven years, with the biggest growth expected in the home telehealth and hospital telemetry segments. The findings indicate "a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to decrease acute and long-term care expenses," iDataResearch's CEO said.
The Center for Health Quality and Innovation will coordinate care and improve quality for the University of California's five academic medical centers, 10 hospitals and 16 professional schools. The center will be a clearinghouse for best practices and provide financial support for projects that improve wellness and enhance the way care is delivered.
The three-hospital Southcoast Health System in New England has seen $20 million in cost savings using Lean Six Sigma tools over the past two years. Southcoast prioritized patient care and safety processes and implemented projects to improve those areas first.
A heart disease management program using electronic medical records and computerized registries saved lives, reduced hospital admissions and lowered costs, according to a Kaiser Permanente Colorado study. The data was used to match patients to personal nurses and clinical pharmacy specialists who helped them comply with treatment regimens.