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Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes Can Improve Cancer Care

June 21, 2017 - Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from pediatric cancer patients as young as eight years old can help providers better understand the impacts of their care, according to a new study. Researchers enrolled children ages 8 to 18 in Phase 1 safety trials or Phase 2 efficacy trials, at cancer settings in Children's National Health System, Seattle Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital...


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Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes Can Improve Cancer Care

by Thomas Beaton

Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from pediatric cancer patients as young as eight years old can help providers better understand the impacts of their care, according to a new study. Researchers enrolled children ages 8 to 18 in Phase 1 safety...

Clinical Decision Support App May Cut CTs for Head Injuries

by Jennifer Bresnick

A clinical decision support (CDS) application that includes patient education and risk stratification may be able to reduce the delivery – and costs – of unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, says a new study in the Journal...

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

CMS Finalizes Annual List of Value-Based Care Quality Measures

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has put the finishing touches on its yearly list of quality measures under consideration for use in Medicare value-based care purchasing programs, the agency announced this week.  The list, published in conjunction with the National...

Patient-Centered Care May Improve Diabetes Self-Management

by Nathan Boroyan

Patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life, and could also play a significant role in shaping self-care behaviors, according to a new study published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics....

Patient Navigators Shave Hours from Hospital Discharge Times

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients are more likely to leave the hospital earlier in the day – and complete the discharge process more quickly – when organizations employ a standardized, coordinated discharge planning program headed by a patient navigator,...

Can a 4-Question Survey Improve Chronic Disease Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

A simple patient survey with no more than four questions may be all it takes to help providers get a handle on basic chronic disease management, according to a new study backed by a cross-industry collaboration. The Healthy Days survey, developed...

Bringing the Patient Voice into an Accountable Care Organization

by Shanti Wilson

While the growth rate of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has slowed over the past two years, and despite several departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program, approximately 70 percent of the US population live in areas served by...

Big Data Visualization Improves ED Patient Flow, Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is a familiar and powerful adage for data scientists and statisticians across many different industries, but it’s a message that the healthcare system is just starting...

Open EHR Notes Improve Medication Adherence, Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers may be able to improve medication adherence simply by showing patients their own data, according to a new two-year study conducted by Geisinger Health System.  Patients of primary care providers who embraced the “Open Notes”...

GAO: VA Patient Panel Setup Limits Data Analytics, Care Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Unpredictable variation in the sizes of patient panels attributed to primary care providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be restricting patient access to basic services, found a report by the Government Accountability Office...

Lasting Patient Engagement Begins with Tailored Access to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Patient engagement” may have a very specific and quantifiable meaning within the context of the EHR Incentive Programs, but the majority of healthcare systems must look beyond their rate of patient portal signups if they wish to...

Smartphone Owners Five Times More Likely to Use Patient Portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Smartphone users are significantly more likely to be patient portal users than consumers that do not own internet-connected mobile devices, says a new report by Parks Associates.  Twenty-seven percent of smartphone owners regularly engage...

Expectations Clash over Informal, Online Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Tech-savvy, smartphone-toting patients may be strapping on wearables and tapping on mHealth apps all day long, but many providers still aren’t sure if they want the added burden, annoyance, or responsibility of communicating with their...

Patient Management, Attribution Program Expands Access to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

While hospitals and health systems face numerous obstacles when it comes to caring for patients across a complex, convoluted continuum of care, sometimes the most challenging part of the process is ensuring that patients are able to make initial...

CMS will institute five star hospital quality ratings system

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is taking a page out of the online retail industry’s book by instating a simple five star rating system for hospitals to be included on its Hospital Compare website, says Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Administrator...

Patients who review physicians generally give high ratings

by Jennifer Bresnick

Is there actually some good news to be found on the internet?  According to Vanguard Communications, which surveyed more than 46,000 online physician ratings on popular review sites, not everyone who logs on to give their opinion is a pitiless...

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