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Telehealth program Project ECHO aims to close gaps in health disparities in rural community cancer centers

By Akshita Singh | November 21, 2018 at 9:15 AM

According to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers National Oncology Conference, the telehealth program Project ECHO is focused on delivering education and best practices to rural communities. When implemented in community cancer centers, Project ECHO allows for collaboration between primary care and cancer centers using a telehealth model that allows care teams to educate each other, share clinical cases, and cultivate deeper specialist knowledge.

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The 2018 midterms and healthcare: here's what we know

By Dan Kamyck | November 7, 2018 at 1:12 PM

The 2018 midterm elections certainly lived up to the drama they have promised for several months now.  But behind the hype, there are very real consequences for healthcare policy.  Here's a look at the impact of the 2018 midterms on Medicaid, healthcare reform, and social determinants of health.

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New report sounds alarm on health for justice-involved individuals, calls for care coordination between jails and community health orgs

By Akshita Singh | November 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Experts say many states are struggling to provide an adequate level of healthcare services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals. According to David Redemske, principal health planner at the healthcare architecture firm HDR, one reason for this disparity is the simple fact that prisons often have insufficient resources to deliver more efficient, coordinated care. He argues that states need to re-examine the kind of healthcare they are providing their prison populations in order to avoid public health crises once former inmates re-enter society.

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Upside-only MSSP ACOs, unwilling to assume downside financial risk, confront CMS proposed changes for 2019

By Akshita Singh | October 19, 2018 at 5:09 PM

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) launched in 2012 and has since grown from 27 ACOs to now 561 covering around 10.5 million beneficiaries in 2018. In August this year, CMS proposed an overhaul to MSSP in order to promote more downside financial risk assumption among ACOs - essentially proposing to give ACOs significantly more financial skin in the game. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ACOs are pushing back.

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New legislation will make 2019 a big year for action against the opioid crisis, according to the Betty Ford Foundation

By Akshita Singh | October 11, 2018 at 2:53 PM

The nation’s leading nonprofit addiction treatment provider, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is applauding the new "SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” which took shape in Congress in late September.  Mark Mishek, President and CEO of Hazelden Betty Ford, called the proposed law "a tremendous step to help confront the opioid crisis that has caused so much suffering to individuals, families and society in recent years."

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For National Health IT Week '18, automation in healthcare gets the spotlight

By Dan Kamyck | October 10, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Every year since 2006, HIMSS has recognized a nationwide awareness week focused on sparking action and change within the US health system through the application of information and technology.  In 2018, National Health IT Week is celebrated from October 8-12.  ONC Director Don Rucker, MD marked the occasion this year with a call to arms around a hot topic: automation in healthcare.

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How to help community health workers succeed, according to UPenn research

By Akshita Singh | October 9, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Many healthcare organizations are trying to improve population health with a concerted effort around the social determinants of health. An area of innovation and promise is the use of community health workers, or CHWs, which are individuals from local communities who can see and act on social issues that are invisible to community outsiders, as a result of their personal lived experiences and established relationships.

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Poor care coordination is most prevalent cause of medical-related oncology errors, say VA researchers

By Akshita Singh | October 8, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Although oncology care providers are leaders in patient-safety, oncology-related medical errors do happen. Such errors may result in patient injury or death. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center of Patient Safety used data obtained from the adverse event reporting database for root cause analysis (RCA) to specify how and why these adverse events occurred in the VHA and what can be done to avoid these occurrences in the future.

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Social Determinants of Health Innovation in New York State

By Amy Vreeland | September 28, 2018 at 3:45 PM

ACT.md was honored to be invited to share a poster presentation at the Social Determinants of Health Innovations Summit hosted by the New York Department of Health earlier this week.  It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to people about their innovative ideas and approaches to helping address the social determinants of health for New Yorkers.  Thanks to everyone for their interest in ACT.md’s approach, too. And wow - what a wonderful turnout of people who are committed to creating innovative approaches to help address the social determinants keeping people from their best health.

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How CareMore’s Togetherness Program is Tackling the Loneliness Epidemic

By Akshita Singh | September 25, 2018 at 10:26 AM

An increasing number of health care providers and health delivery systems are beginning to understand that loneliness is far more than a temporary feeling or theoretical idea, but rather, a condition with clear adverse effects on health. Physician and former US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated, “the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes, it was loneliness.” He went on to further explain that rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s and called the loneliness crisis a “growing epidemic.”

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