Analyzing Innovations in Musculoskeletal Care to Improve Patient Outcomes, Cost Savings

April 4th 2021, 2:00pm


With musculoskeletal care representing one of the leading cost drivers in health care spending for self-insured employers and health plans, a transition to preventive care characterized by both digital and in-person care solutions can lead to improved patient outcomes and cost savings.

National Alliance Purchaser Survey Highlights Transition to Stabilized Business, Value-Based Care

April 1st 2021, 8:42pm


A survey of employer and purchaser members of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions found that over half expect a transition to a more stabilized business environment by the third quarter of this year, as well as increased benefit offerings on mental health access and virtual care delivery.

Workforce Development Implications for Health Care Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond

March 28th 2021, 3:00pm


Investing further in the development of health care staff in often overlooked aspects, such as digital technology and business acumen, can lead to incremental differences in engagement and productivity.

Hinge Health: Musculoskeletal Costs Doubled in Past Decade With No Benefit in Patient Outcomes

March 26th 2021, 9:07pm


Hinge Health’s State of MSK Report 2021 found that although patient outcomes remained stagnant in the past decade, cost for musculoskeletal care doubled with services provided in emergency rooms and outpatient/inpatient facilities associated with significantly increased spend.

Implications of Value-Based Care, Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Models Amid COVID-19

March 21st 2021, 2:00pm


Amid the pandemic, organizations utilizing a value-based care reimbursement model may be better positioned than those using a fee-for-service model to delineate high-risk patients and manage their care, particularly for long-term symptoms that may arise due to COVID-19.

Contributor: Improving Seniors’ Health and Outcomes With a Value-Based Care Team Approach

March 17th 2021, 2:10pm


A value-based care team approach can be utilized to adequately treat patients’ medical problems, particularly by addressing the social, economic, and environmental challenges they’re facing in their everyday lives.

Virtual Care Adoption: Barriers to Access, Engagement Strategies, and Opportunities for Growth

March 14th 2021, 2:00pm


With a marked increase in virtual care use amid the COVID-19 pandemic, several strategies can continue to evolve its effectiveness and adoption. This includes addressing disparities in usage among older populations and underserved communities, as well as improving home monitoring and interoperability.

How New Price Transparency Requirement Will Impact Care Delivery for Health Systems, Patients

March 11th 2021, 4:37pm


To adapt to a new requirement this year for all US hospitals to publicly post the costs for treatment services under every insurance plan, health systems should be prepared to field the range of questions that consumers may ask on issues such as outcomes data and cost for prospective services.

CVS Health’s 2021 Health Trends Report Spotlights Virtual Care, EHR Optimization

March 9th 2021, 2:00pm


Citing 2021 as the year of the pharmacist, this year's CVS Health’s Health Trends Report discusses pressing issues for pharmacists to monitor, including availability of COVID-19 vaccines to communities nationwide, as well as integration of telehealth and behavioral health services.

Contributor: How Balancing Compliance, Comprehension, and Privacy Can Optimize Access to Patient Data

March 6th 2021, 1:15pm


In preparing for the upcoming implementation of the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule by CMS, best practices for health plans include prioritizing data mapping, sensitivity codes for privacy, and consumer-friendly language in accessible data for patients.