June 2014

Connected Care Is Key to Accountable Care: The Case for Supporting Telehealth in ACOs

June 20, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

A growing body of evidence is demonstrating how the benefits of Connected Care, electronic communication between patient and caregiver, are improving healthcare access and quality and reducing costs for payers-without passing through Congress.

Patient-Centered Outcome Assessment May Lead to Different Conclusions and Different Treatment Decisions

June 20, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Most illnesses today are measured in terms of their effects on daily activities, but who do not always consider the outcomes based on the patient's perspectives. Many clinical studies instead apply standardized measures that identify quality of life as an important outcome. Advancing research methodologies, including new approaches to clinical research, should inform this discussion by centering medical decision making on the preferences of the most important stakeholder-the patient.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognized Practices Provide a Strong Front-Line for Accountable Care Organizations

June 20, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Accountable care organizations have an opportunity to gain knowledge in improving health outcomes, improving patient experience, and reducing costs by working closely with practices that have adopted the patient-centered medical home model.

A Transitional Care Model for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome

June 20, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

This study suggests that the Bridging the Discharge Gap Effectively (BRIDGE) program can help decrease the number of hospital readmissions in patients with acute coronary syndrome that cause unnecessary and substantial healthcare systems costs.

Patient-Centered Physician Selection: A Necessary First Step for Accountable Care

June 20, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Improving attention paid to patient preferences when matching patients and physicians on the basis of value and quality rather than costs and outcomes can help a patient achieve the overall healthcare experience.