The Radiation Oncology Model: What Providers Need to Know

RO-APM: What Providers Need to Know

Note from the editor: CMS announced on October 21, 2020 that the start date for the first performance period of the RO Model, originally scheduled for January 1, 2021, will be delayed until July 1, 2021. CMS recently announced the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model or RO-APM), a mandatory, episode-based payment model for radiotherapy (RT) services. CMS states that the goals of the model are...

Cancer, Oncology, Oncology Care First, Oncology Care Model, Radiation Oncology Model

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Partnership Increases Access, Support for COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Platform BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug 5, 2020: Guideway Care today announced a new partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), part of the University of Alabama System, to increase access to and support for the GuideSafe™ platform, a set of online tools designed to mitigate the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19....


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Coding COVID-19 Claims | A healthcare worker in protective gear conducts a lab test.

Coding COVID-19 Claims

Healthcare providers are working tirelessly to care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Many are isolated from their families so they can take care of our families. Supporting them are countless non-clinical professionals working to keep their organizations operating and create plans for how to successfully transition out of this crisis when the time comes. A big part of that is properly coding...


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COVID-19 Pre-screening | Elderly Man Reading Messages on Smartphone

COVID-19 Pre-screening: The Importance of Proactive Outreach

In a situation report released on March 11th 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the quickly spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.¹ With the number of COVID-19 cases rising by the day and concern over whether the outbreak could overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system, it is important to be proactive in the way that patients are screened and educated in the event that they...

COVID-19, Patient Engagement

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Is There a Nursing Shortage? | Nurse Kneeling Down Talking to Patient in Wheelchair

Is There a Nursing Shortage?

Throughout the twentieth century and into the present day, there have been periodic nursing shortages. Shortages of these crucial clinical team members pose pressing challenges for healthcare organizations. But is there a nursing shortage now? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this profession is growing at a rate of around 12%—significantly faster than most other professions. Unfortunately,...

Burnout, Nursing, Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Care

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Changing Patient Behavior: Identifying and Addressing Barriers | Man Breaking Cigarette in Half

Changing Patient Behavior: Identifying and Addressing Barriers

When treating certain health conditions, physicians are faced with the challenge of motivating patients to change their behaviors. Successful management of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes, hinges on a patient’s willingness and ability to alter their day-to-day actions, including diet, exercise, smoking, and drinking—but what happens when there are barriers...

Health Disparities, Health Literacy, Patient Behavior, Patient Centered Care, Patient Compliance, Patient Engagement, Social Determinants

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Low-Value Care | Patient in a CT Scanner

Low-Value Care: What It Is, and 3 Strategies to Reduce It

The phrase “low-value care” is frequently tossed around in discussions of healthcare spending, and there are whole initiatives dedicated to reducing the use of low-value services in clinical settings. However, a comprehensive understanding of low-value care and its impact on health outcomes is essential to identifying and ultimately reducing its occurrence in healthcare. What is Low-Value Care? Low-value...

Patient Centered Care, Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Care

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: 5 Strategies | Nurse Helping Patient Out of Bed

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: 5 Strategies

One key measure of hospital care quality is the facility’s readmission rates, or the percentage of patients who experience unplanned readmission after a previous stay. Readmissions are expensive—more than $14,000 per readmission in costs to the hospital, on average, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Even though hospitals may end up making a net profit from a patient’s...

Care Guidance, Health Disparities, Health Literacy, HRRP, Nursing, Patient Behavior, Patient Compliance, Patient Engagement, Patient Navigation, Readmissions, Social Determinants

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ePROs: What are Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes? Woman on Smartphone

ePROs: What are Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes?

The term patient-reported outcomes (PROs) refers to a health outcome directly based on patient self-reporting. PROs are a key aspect of clinical trials and treatments, and in modern health care settings, many organizations are transitioning away from pen-and-paper data collection methods and moving to electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs). Analog vs. Digital Research has shown there are a...

Cancer, Care Guidance, ePROs, Patient Engagement, Patient Experience, Patient Navigation, Quality of Care, Social Determinants

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What Is Person Centered Care, and How Can it Improve Healthcare? Doctor Talking to Patient

What Is Person Centered Care, and How Can it Improve Healthcare?

Numerous studies have shown correlations between patient satisfaction and outcomes—two key performance indicators for medical organizations. Due to these trends, as well as an increasing recognition of person-centeredness as one of the key domains of high-quality care, it’s essential that healthcare providers prioritize person-centered care. What Is Person-Centered Care? Person-centered care,...

Patient Centered Care, Patient Experience, Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Care

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