Healthy Aging, One Conversation at a Time

I’m sure we all know that 10,000 Americans turn 65 day every day. For many, this “event” passes with little fanfare, with little notice other than the fact that they are now eligible for Medicare or that they need to start thinking about when to start taking Social Security. However, whether it happens when they turn 65, 70, 75 or …

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Setting Goals for Member and Patient Engagement

Meet Sally. Sally was diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago. Now 80 years old, she lives alone, making ends meet with income from Social Security and the pension she earned after teaching in public schools for over thirty years. She is generally self-sufficient, although she occasionally forgets to take her medicine or monitor her weight. Most days, she …

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When it comes to patient behavioral change, every day matters.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD You’ve heard the advice to “make every day matter”.  It turns out that when it comes to patient behavior change, this is more than just a motivational phrase—every day actually does matter. But why? I think it starts with this fundamental truth: everything worth improving and every goal worth achieving requires us to behave differently. …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDWhen it comes to patient behavioral change, every day matters.

How behavioral interventions reduce utilization and improve patient outcomes

by Sara Aldworth “Nothing is stronger than a habit.” – Ovid Here on the Pharos blog, we’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the need to reduce utilization in order to succeed with value-based care. From the PGP Demo results to CMS’ most recent report on the Pioneer ACOs, organizations that “win” financially (and clinically) show reductions in inpatient …

Sara AldworthHow behavioral interventions reduce utilization and improve patient outcomes

How long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD When I speak to a group of clinicians, I am often asked how long patients should stay engaged within a structured program monitoring clinical status and self-care. Sometimes, the question is based on economic concerns (“We have a limited budget to engage and coordinate patient care.”) Increasingly though, I’ve noticed a shift in this question …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDHow long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

Patient engagement takes more than a portal.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey results are in and nearly three-quarters of the respondents indicated that patient engagement, satisfaction and quality of care would be THE business issues that would most impact their organization over the course of the next two years. 74% also indicated that IT was a critical tool needed to enable …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDPatient engagement takes more than a portal.

How to scale care coordination successfully.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD What does it take to scale successfully? It’s a question that businesses ask themselves all the time. In healthcare, answering the question has taken on additional urgency thanks to the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. And I’m willing to bet that scaling care coordination is one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle that …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDHow to scale care coordination successfully.

In the doctor shortage drama, patient engagement plays a crucial role.

by Sara Aldworth This week, the Association of American Medical Colleges released their final report projecting a doctor shortage between 2013 and 2025. Among the key findings: The U.S. population is expected to grow by 10% over the next decade The population aged 65+ is expected to grow 46% Demand will outstrip supply, creating a shortage between 46,000 – 90,000 …

Sara AldworthIn the doctor shortage drama, patient engagement plays a crucial role.
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The promises and pitfalls of remote patient monitoring: it’s all in the model.

by Sara Aldworth Do you remember the story of Sisyphus? In Greek mythology, he was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill for all of eternity. Sometimes, leading an ACO seems eerily similar. You’ve got to roll a boulder up the hill of value-based care and it can feel like there’s no end in sight. Not only are you …

Sara AldworthThe promises and pitfalls of remote patient monitoring: it’s all in the model.
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The Patient Engagement Journey: Part 5

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD From the start of this series, I’ve shared my view that patient engagement is a destination and we’re all on a journey to reach it. Together, we looked at: where it all started what we can learn from other industries what patients themselves tell us Then, I proposed this definition: So let’s finish up this …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDThe Patient Engagement Journey: Part 5