December 2015

The Impact of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Managed Care Environment

December 17, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Participants will learn about the prevalence, incidence, and economic impact of venous thromboembolism and atrial fibrillation on patients, as well as the associated treatments and clinical data relating to efficacy, safety, and cost-efficacy.

Continuous Quality Improvement Program, Based on Lean Concepts, Allows Emptying of Emergency Department Corridors

December 16, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

A continuous quality improvement program, based on Lean concepts and including architectural, managerial, and organizational features, allows the emptying of emergency department corridors and the improvement of time interval measurements/quality indicators.

It Is Time to Ask Patients What Outcomes Are Important to Them

December 15, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Patients with abdominal or back pain identified 21 outcomes important to them, but the reported outcomes are quite different from the symptom and function outcomes studied by researchers.

Using Guidelines: When Is It Appropriate?

December 14, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

This article aims to review guideline development methodology to inform users on key aspects to consider when judging if a practice should be adapted or changed.

Now That ACOs Are Engaged, What About Those Patients?

December 14, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

New goals from CMS and a new law, MACRA, will bring more change in 2016. But patients remain the same-even with new technology and electronic medical records, getting them to invest in their own care takes patience, as attendees discussed at the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition fall meeting in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The Pediatric ACO: A New Frontier in Accountable Care

December 10, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Considerable attention has been devoted to managing populations around the value proposition. Children, as a population, have received little attention in the accountable care organization (ACO) realm. This manuscript contrasts some of the similarities and differences between adult and pediatric ACOs.

Revisiting the Role of Academic Medical Centers in Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs

December 10, 2015

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Academic medical centers should strongly consider partnering with community hospitals and independent primary care physicians to achieve success in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.