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Oct 27, 2020
The resurgence of COVID-19 has left health care leaders with one eye focused on recovery and financial viability and the other on the resiliency of front-line caregivers, many of whom have lasting effects from what they experienced during the initial waves of COVID-19.
Oct 27, 2020
A new issue brief from AHA’s Value Initiative, “Team-based Care Creates Value,” examines this low-tech approach that allows health care workers from various professional disciplines to provide customized, patient-centered care to manage the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients.
Oct 20, 2020
Walmart’s strategy is simple: Find ways to help customers save money and live better. With its ever-expanding reach into health care, however, Walmart has entered a new phase by becoming a licensed health insurance broker in an effort to forge stronger bonds with millions of consumers.
Oct 20, 2020
Walgreens Boots Alliance, which has long struggled to cement its place in primary care services, plans to invest $1 billion to collocate in 500 to 700 VillageMD stores and, over the next five years, to offer full-service doctors’ offices. More than half of the locations will be in Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations as designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration.
Oct 13, 2020
Provider organizations face workforce challenges ranging from training and retraining to finding the most effective ways to engage and protect staff. This will require reassessing issues like workforce resiliency, thinking innovatively about workforce shortages, transitioning to a team-focused operational care model and exploring ways to automate manual tasks with the help of tools like artificial intelligence, notes the AHA’s recently released “2021 Health Care Talent Scan.”
Oct 13, 2020
Digital health funding in Q3 surpassed the record-setting second quarter this year and totaled $9.4 billion, the venture capital firm Rock Health reports. The sector’s influx of capital is being fueled in large part by rising consumer demand for access to remote care and health care providers’ ability to meet consumer expectations.
Oct 6, 2020
Hospitals and health systems can expect sharp declines in commercially insured patients due to job losses in the pandemic economy, which likely will fuel a rise in Medicaid, exchange and uninsured patients. To a large extent, how effectively and aggressively provider organizations are able to manage in this new financial environment will determine their future success.
Oct 6, 2020
Some health insurance reimbursement changes that helped fuel virtual care’s rapid rise during the early months of the pandemic are being eliminated. Health insurance giants UnitedHealthcare and Anthem are revising their telehealth reimbursement rules in ways that will increase patients’ out-of-pocket costs.
Oct 6, 2020
Want to know how long it will take to clear the backlog of postponed surgical procedures due to ordered shutdowns during the pandemic? A newly revised AHA resource, “COVID-19 Tools: Forecasting the Pandemic’s Spread and Planning for Recovery,” includes links to two new online calculators to do just that.
Sep 29, 2020
A recent report, “Journey Toward the Next Normal,” from the Providence Digital Innovation Group provides some answers and examines the role that technology and digital health will play in achieving this transformation.
 

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Behavioral Health Integration

Framework for hospitals and health systems to shift focus to overall health and bring together behavioral and physical health services into a fully integrated system of care.

Evolving Care Models

Framework for hospitals and health systems to assess their current capabilities to determine the best type of value-based care for the organization.

Telehealth Strategy

Tools for hospitals and health systems to assess their digital transformation strategy and expand telehealth services into integrated virtual care models.

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