Best Practices Academy Releases White Paper
ProCare Medical Home: A New Standard of Care
Scott Munsterman, DC, FICC
CEO, Best Practices Academy
The fact is this: the result of increasing health costs has jeopardized the competitive advantage America once enjoyed and is surely on its way to becoming the issue of this century.
Our solution to the issues we face today and for the future: restore the doctor-patient relationship, develop a best practice environment under a new style of practice or paradigm of care and establish fiscal accountability bilaterally: involving both payers and providers. Wellness care and health promotion is the new practice paradigm, a paradigm characterized with clinicians practicing prevention strategies as well as managing disease processes through the appropriate and practical employment of evidence
ClientTell, a leading provider of patient messaging services, announces the launch of its ReminderManager™ App, a mobile application specifically developed for smartphone devices.
With ReminderManager, patients receive important reminders and notifications from their providers directly on their iPhone® or Android® devices. The development of this application is the culmination of ClientTell’s competitive strategy to provide a diverse communication spectrum for each of its clients. With existing technology that delivers notifications via e-mail, text, and voice, the ReminderManager app now meets the communication needs of the expanding smartphone and tablet markets.
Pat Sullivan, ClientTell President/CEO, asserts: “As the trend towards mobile computing becomes more prominent, the relevancy of a mobile app for patients is an essential component of providing top-level healthcare. Not only
The 2012 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, which includes updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications from 2002 through March 2012, can now be accessed at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/pocketgd.htm . You may download or order a free print copy of the Guide.
According to a recent release from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a new study in the January 6 issue of Medical Care and Research Review found a greater than 2.5-fold variation in the admission rate from the emergency department in a sample of hospitals across 28 States. This indicates wide variation in a costly, everyday decision that will require further study, in light of the major impact that hospital admissions play in rising health care costs, according to the study authors from AHRQ and George Washington University. For-profit hospitals, trauma centers, and hospitals with higher proportions of Medicare and uninsured patients had higher admission rates. Also, local practice patterns and availability of primary care doctors were important factors. Fewer
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BPA Partners with Transworld Systems
Best Practices Academy is proud to partner with Transworld Systems, a leader in providing healthcare organizations with better tools to manage cash flow. This alliance will help BPA members streamline accounts receivable and increase recovery, reduce overhead costs, and improve staff productivity, all for a lower cost than current internal process. Transworld Systems is easy and inexpensive with all members of the Academy enjoying a flat fee of less than $12.50 per account, regardless of balance, and simple 24/7 web based management and reporting. Diplomacy is maintained with the patient by reminding them to pay their outstanding bill and all payments are directed back to the member! Transworld provides account management tools from start