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What We’re Reading | Week of 3.20.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

Interesting clip: “‘If we don’t have contact information for a patient and don’t try to contact them, our no-show rate is more than 10%,’ explained Jeffrey Rydburg, CMPE. ‘If we remind them of the appointment, the no-show rate drops to about 6%. However, if we ask them to confirm the appointment (touchtone, click, etc.), the no-show rate drops to less than 3%,’ he continued. ‘The point is don’t just remind, confirm. It creates a psychological agreement between the patient and the practice.’”

Interesting clip: “A team-based strategy is needed to tackle the challenges of population health management, said Adrian Zai, MD, clinical director of population informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital.”

Interesting clip: “A better healthcare model is one that makes people healthier by reducing health barriers, promoting disease prevention and ensuring a dedicated focus on the sickest among us. It is not simply taking care of people when they become sick. It is working to prevent people from becoming sick. That is not just “sick care,” but it is healthcare.

Interesting clip: Overall, the reaction to the AHCA has been controversial at best. Not only have Democrats railed against the bill, but physician advocacy groups, such as the AMA, have come out strongly against it. Even some Republicans have stated they wouldn’t vote for the bill as currently constructed, like the three that voted against the measure this week on the House Budget Committee”

Interesting clip: “[Rivkin] acknowledges that true digital transformation is hard for an industry that’s continually been stymied and upended by shifting markets and new regulations, but he believes that factors such as consumerization, value-based reimbursement and care, and mounting internal operating cost pressures are leading the healthcare sector to a digital tipping point.”

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