June 15, 2020
Leaders from several different accountable care organizations (ACOs) describe their experience of creating programs to care for Medicare beneficiaries using the skilled nursing facility (SNF) waiver process.
What We're Reading: Geisinger Waives COVID-19 Treatment Costs; World Health Organization Criticized; Reopening Schools in the Fall
April 08, 2020
Geisinger Health Plan is waiving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing- and treatment-related costs; President Donald Trump comes down hard on the World Health Organization; there is optimism that schools could reopen in the fall.
Tackling Substance Abuse, Opioid Crisis: How Health Insurance Providers are Increasing Access to Addiction Treatment
December 24, 2019
In a news brief published by AHIP, initiatives employed by health insurance providers AmeriHealth Caritas, Geisinger, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and UPMC plan to address issues ranging from the opioid crisis to behavioral healthcare access.
November 30, 2019
Artificial intelligence has the potential to change the way physicians have monitored for conditions such as atrial fibrillation in the past 5 decades, said Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD, director of the Cardiac Imaging Technology Laboratory at Geisinger.
November 27, 2019
By improving detection of atrial fibrillation, more affected individuals can provide researchers with valuable information and a potential signal to treat, said Brent A. Williams, PhD, research investigator focusing on the optimal incorporation of cardiac imaging technologies in clinical practice for Geisinger.
November 24, 2019
Detecting more cases of atrial fibrillation, and at an earlier rate, is key to preventing adverse patient outcomes, said Stephen Voyce, MD, cardiologist and chief of cardiology at Geisinger Community Medical Center for the Geisinger Heart Institute and director of clinical cardiology research.
November 18, 2019
By identifying patients at very high risk for atrial fibrillation, preventive measures and screening strategies can be implemented for heightened patient care, said John Pfeifer, MD, MPH, cardiologist at Geisinger Medical Center.
November 01, 2019
Broad population-based genomic screening has the potential to improve patient care by detecting genetic causes of disease before they occur; however, the economics behind this approach have not fully been validated, according to a session on the clinical and economic utility of whole-genome sequencing at the AMCP Nexus 2019 meeting.
October 22, 2019
Healthcare is increasingly trying to use big data and clinical pharmacists are no exception. On today's episode of Managed Care Cast, we talk with an assistant professor at Geisinger’s Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes about his work with big data.
August 06, 2019
Hydraulic fracturing, a process to stimulate production from new and existing oil and gas wells informally known as fracking, is associated with antenatal mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
July 24, 2019
Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System, discusses how the role of case management has evolved with increased attention being paid to social determinants of health and if she thinks the role will continue to evolve in the future.
July 12, 2019
You need both technology and successful case management to succeed in value-based care, explained Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System.
June 21, 2019
Geisinger announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, as president and chief executive officer. Dr. Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO since November 2018 and executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, becomes the seventh chief executive officer in Geisinger’s 104-year history. He succeeds David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, who left Geisinger earlier this year to assume a leadership role at Google.
June 21, 2019
Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System, discusses which technologies are having the biggest impact for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in better managing the needs of their patients.
June 11, 2019
Geisinger is launching a new study to test if a novel technique can detect flare-ups or exacerbations experienced by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by listening to their voices through their smart phones.
June 02, 2019
Oncologists, patient advocates, patients, and other stakeholders from around the world gathered to hear different perspectives regarding the use of cannabis in symptom management for patients with cancer. Panelist after panelist went up to present available data, and each reiterated the same point: We need more research.
April 27, 2019
Technology interventions have to be targeted at the right patients and be properly explained to them, explained Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System.
February 28, 2019
Geisinger Home Health and Hospice, LHC Group, and AtlantiCare Home Health and Hospice have announced a joint venture to enhance home health and hospice services.
February 27, 2019
Bruce Feinberg, DO, vice president and chief medical officer for Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions, recently chaired a discussion centered on the flurry of megamergers in healthcare: Walmart and Humana, Aetna and CVS, Cigna and Express Scripts, and Amazon and PillPack.
February 13, 2019
Hoping to mitigate the impact of opioid use during pregnancy, Geisinger's Steele Institute for Health Innovation is launching Free2BMom, a new care delivery program to help mothers and their newborns through recovery with social support and other services.
January 11, 2019
Geisinger’s Ask-a-Doc program, which enables direct asynchronous communication between primary and specialty care, was associated with lower healthcare utilization and cost, implying more efficient care.
October 05, 2018
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) often care for patients with complex, chronic conditions that can lead to high expenditures and utilization of care. During a session at the National Association of ACOs Fall 2018 conference, being held October 3-5 in Washington, DC, panelists discussed how ACOs can design and implement strategies that deliver high-quality, low-cost care for these patients.
February 06, 2018
We have been living in a groundhog world for the past several decades when it comes to healthcare spending, said Robert Dubois of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) during AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference, in Washington, DC. The session called When Are We Going to Get Serious About Health Care Spending in the United States? came a few days after the NPC launched an effort to have a dialogue around this issue by issuing a call for research around the topic and partnering with Health Affairs on a campaign called Going Below the Surface.
August 01, 2017
The reduced mortality risk was not seen in patients who did not have diabetes before surgery. But in those who did, the results were dramatic.
April 25, 2017
Will bundled payments be implemented quickly or slowly? Will they be voluntary or mandatory? There's disagreement about what the ongoing movement toward accountable care should look like.
April 20, 2017
Patients endure heavy medication complexity following hospital discharge for acute coronary syndrome.
March 01, 2016
Major health information technology (IT) developers and the government are coming together to improve the flow of health information.
February 29, 2016
Geisinger's all-or-none diabetes bundled system of care implemented in routine primary care settings was associated with sustained long-term total cost savings.
February 27, 2016
As millions of patients nationwide increasingly gain access to cliniciansâ€™ notes, explicit e-mail invitations to review notes may be an important link in fostering patient engagement and patient-doctor communication, according to a new study.
February 16, 2016
Geisinger Health Systemís $0 co-pay drug program for its chronically ill employee population is associated with positive cost savings and a 5-year return-on-investment of approximately 1.8.
November 10, 2015
The study by the well-known health system could not even test some children because they were too large for the MRI machine.
October 30, 2015
Patients who had access to their PCP's progress notes had improved adherence to prescribed antihypertension medications.
July 24, 2015
During this one-on-one interview, Michael A. Evans, BS, RPh, of Geisinger Health System, discusses the use of warfarin as a treatment and/or prevention option for thromboembolic complications and explains why management of patients on warfarin is difficult.
March 31, 2015
Long before patient-centered care and value-based models were the order of the day, Geisinger was focused on delivery care that was not focused on figuring out who would pay the bill.
December 12, 2014
As the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition gather in Miami, results are coming in, and it's time to figure out just what to measure.
November 05, 2014
A special report on what the historic election of Republicans in races for the Senate, US House of Representatives, and governor means for the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and managed care, and reports on important healthcare ballot measures from around the country.
Data Collection, Telehealth, and Importance of Primary Care Physicians Get Attention at ACO Coalition Meeting
October 19, 2014
Attendees at the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition meeting held October 16-17, 2014, in Miami, Fla., gained insights to help physicians and accountable care organizations achieve the "Triple Aim" of better population health, greater patient satisfaction, and lower costs. This initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care has now attracted more than 120 members.
September 26, 2014
The American Journal of Managed Care brings the next meeting of its ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition to the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay October 16-17, 2014, where participants can learn and share best practices in an effort to improve overall patient outcomes.
September 26, 2014
Life for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare's Pioneer program appears to be as tough as that on the prairie itself: only the strongest are surviving. Yesterday, 3 more ACOs exited the program, according to numerous news reports. This morning the web site for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Pioneer program listed only 19 ACOs from the original 32 that were part of the initiative when it launched in 2012.
June 27, 2014
Geisinger Health System's use of a diabetes care system among high-risk patients produced lower risks of myocardial infarction, stroke and retinopathy over a three-year period, according to a study in The American Journal of Managed Care. Best of all, most of the benefit accrued in the first year of care.
April 05, 2013
Eric A. Wright, PharmD, BCPS, an investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research, discusses the implications of medical moments of truth (MMOTs) on current therapeutic and managed care strategies.
March 13, 2013
Peter Berger, MD, Chairman of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Geisinger Heart & Vascular Institute, Director, Cardiovascular Center for Clinical Research at Geisinger Clinic, thinks the biggest challenges that physicians face when treating patients with acute coronary syndrome is individualizing treatment for patients.
March 16, 2012
ProvenHealth Navigator, Geisinger's version of advanced patient-centered medical homes, is associated with significant savings in total cost of care over time.