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Answers to 3 frequently asked telehealth questions

by Anna Yakovenko and Emily Johnson May 23, 2018

Health care leaders during our recent 2018 Telehealth Trends webconference asked us a number of questions centered around a few big themes: reimbursement policy, competition, and wearable technologies.

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MedPAC's proposal could reduce FSED reimbursement by a third: What you need to know

by Haley Wiesman and Paul Elish May 17, 2018

MedPAC's new freestanding ED (FSED) proposal has very different implications for rural and urban FSEDs.

On the one hand, the proposal opens up more options for rural hospitals. If approved, the rule would let FSEDs located more than 35 miles from an on-campus hospital emergency department (ED) bill on the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), a significant financial boost from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). For isolated rural hospitals with declining inpatient volumes, this provision makes converting to an FSED much more financially attractive than before.

But for urban FSEDs, the proposal sounds alarm bells. FSEDs located within six miles of a hospital ED—constituting about 75% of all FSEDs—would experience a 30% cut to reimbursement.

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Is there a role for proton therapy in value-based care?

Matt Morrill May 14, 2018

The number of proton therapy centers operating in the United States has more than doubled in the past three years, from 12 in 2015 to 28 in 2018. The newest of these facilities, built and operated by Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, is just down the street from Advisory Board's M Street offices in Washington, DC.

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2 lessons from 10 years of outpatient shift data

by Haley Wiesman and Lauren Lawton May 8, 2018

As the outpatient shift continues to unfold, many system leaders—worried about revenue erosion, excess inpatient capacity, and unnecessary costs—are investing in rapid ambulatory expansion. But based on our research, that process can make leaders susceptible to three missteps:

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Our new tool lets you analyze the opioid crisis in your market: Here are 3 ways to use it

by Shay Pratt and Gillian Michaelson May 3, 2018

Opioid abuse and addiction have reached epidemic proportions, affecting communities nationwide. As a result, hospitals are seeing a public health emergency manifest in EDs and inpatient beds across the country.

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Meet Alexa: Your patient's digital health care assistant

by Anna Yakovenko, Emily Zuehlke Heuser, and Aashika Nagarajan April 30, 2018

Some people use Alexa or Google Home to get quick answers about the weather, while others consult these voice-enabled smart speakers as their trusted confidant for getting answers to their health care questions. For planners, this means a new avenue for reaching patients.

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2 ways health systems are making organ waitlists move faster

by Sarah Musco and Priya Ramaiah April 23, 2018

With over 115,000 patients on the waiting list for organ transplants in the U.S., the organ shortage has reached an all-time high—and some patients are taking the organ donor search into their own hands. In an effort to speed up the waiting process, one woman recently advertised her search on a local billboard. Hospitals, too, are embracing new strategies to expedite wait time for their transplant patients.

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The secret to New York Presbyterian's 2-hour drop in ED patient wait times? Telehealth.

by Sarah Musco and Priya Ramaiah April 9, 2018

New York Presbyterian's (NYP's) telehealth Express Care program has received a lot of press for its nearly five-fold reduction of the hospital's emergency department (ED) wait times.

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