Solutions for Improving Medication Nonadherence Costs

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

Aug 15, 2017 11:36:36 AM

Finding solutions for improving medication nonadherence costs, which total billions of dollars each year, is a top healthcare priority. How can you help get patients back on track with medication adherence?

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Topics: physicians & providers, care coordination, healthcare costs, medication & treatments

CPC+ and Other Physician Practices: Improving Healthcare Delivery Through PFACs

Posted by Jason Wilson, RN, MBA

Jun 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Patient care in America’s hospitals, physician exam rooms, and other healthcare settings varies greatly. In some, the patient’s perspective is valued, while at others, patients feel as if their experience and point of view are irrelevant.

For example, anyone who has ever had a bad experience knows that hospitals can be impersonal, intimidating, and at times downright scary. You’re alone most of the time, and when doctors and nurses do enter your room, it’s usually to take readings, administer another test, or push whatever medication at you. 

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Topics: medication & treatments, care coordination, family health, patient advocacy, healthcare planning, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)

Prescription Nonadherence: An Infographic

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 18, 2017 8:41:04 AM

Medications may be effective in combating disease, but not if your patients aren't taking them. The World Health Organization defines adherence to long-term therapy as "the extent to which a person's behavior - taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes - corresponds with agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider." Unfortunately, many patients don't adhere to medication regimens and the costs add up as this infographic shows.

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Topics: physicians & providers, patients, prescription drugs, healthcare research, medication & treatments, healthcare costs & insurance

The Do Not Resuscitate Discussion

Posted by Jason Wilson, RN, MBA

Jan 30, 2017 10:55:22 AM

When a patient faces a life-threatening diagnosis or they are nearing the end of life, they and their doctors have to have some tough conversations. But there's one tough conversation you can encourage your patient to have with their family members and caregivers to help make things easier in a time of emergency: whether or not the patient wants to be resuscitated.

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Topics: medication & treatments, care coordination, family health, patient advocacy, healthcare planning, end of life decisions, DNR, do not resuscitate

Big Changes With the 21st Century Cures Act

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jan 17, 2017 1:40:00 PM

At the end of November, Congress passed what is commonly being referred to as the 21st Century Cures Act. This broad, sweeping legislation dramatically boosts funding dedicated to medical research, relaxes the process for the development and approval of experimental treatments and new medications, reforms government policy on mental health treatment, and more.

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Topics: health IT, medical studies, healthcare costs, healthcare spending, medication & treatments, physicians & providers, care coordination, medical research

Is the U.S. Healthcare System Meeting Patient Needs?

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

Dec 28, 2016 8:50:20 AM

Results of a new international survey of 11 high-income countries show U.S. adults remain far more likely to go without needed healthcare — such as doctor visits, medical tests, treatments, or medications — because of cost. Shortfalls in patient engagement and Chronic Care Management were also reported.

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Topics: healthcare costs & insurance, Medicare, physicians & providers, medical studies, healthcare spending, medication & treatments

Ensuring Your Patients Have What They Need

Posted by The CareSync Team

Aug 4, 2016 5:37:33 PM

During a care call, a CareSync Health Assistant asked a member how things were going with her blood sugar levels. The member explained she was unable to monitor her sugar because the pharmacy was telling her she needed a prescription for her test strips and glucometer, but she couldn’t locate the prescription.

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Topics: diabetes, chronic care management (CCM), patients, medication & treatments, physicians & providers, Heart of CareSync, mHealth, CPT code 99490, MACRA

Help With Understanding Medications

Posted by CareSync Nursing Team

May 24, 2016 9:19:46 AM

She didn't read the medication label. Luckily, her care coordinator did.

During a check-in call, a member told one of our CareSync Health Assistants that she was suddenly losing her hair. The Health Assistant carefully reviewed the member’s medications and found that one of the medications she was using topically for skin cancer was supposed to be applied with gloves on.

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Topics: share your health stories, patient advocacy, medication & treatments, care coordination, health tips, patients, patient engagement, physicians & providers, caregivers

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