Integrated Care

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What does Anthem's Vivity collaboration mean for the healthcare industry?

The recent announcement that Anthem Blue Cross is partnering with seven major hospitals in the Southern California area to launch an integrated care program has been met with lots of publicity, including our own coverage of the venture. The collaboration, which is called Anthem Blue Cross Vivity and includes UCLA Health and Cedars-Sinai, will offer large employers less-costly coverage for members who use in-network hospitals and doctors. That in and of itself isn't particularly innovative or unique, since insurers and providers have shared savings and risks for years across different markets. But what is so special about Vivity, as a California Healthline article points out, is the way it's structuring the financial model.

5 penny-pinching tips for hospitals

To survive in the tumultuous healthcare industry, hospitals around the country need to cut costs while maintaining workflow and maximizing efficiency, which can sometimes leave hospital employees demoralized and stressed, authors Anil Kaul and Jeffrey Mohr write in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Blue Cross CEO: Collaboration at core of integrated care

Payers and providers must lay the foundation of collaboration to create an integrated healthcare system that coordinates care, lowers costs and boosts quality, according to the chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Schools, health systems partner to integrate services for chronically-ill children

School and health systems in at least three states now take steps to better integrate their services to ensure that children who have chronic conditions receive the coordinated care they need, according to a  Kaiser Health News  article.

Do healthcare systems truly integrate after a physician practice acquisition?

Many healthcare systems continue to seek deals to acquire physician practices in an effort to expand access to care as well as their market reach. Historically many of these deals don't work and a new  Becker's Hospital Review  article reveals that part of the problem may be due to the fact that systems focus on the external aspects of a merger and not the internal ones.

Medical home must-dos for population health management

The growing population health movement has led insurers and providers to patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), accountable care organizations and other integrated care models to improve the outcomes and reduce the costs for patient populations.

Michigan joins Medicare-Medicaid integration trend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has partnered with Michigan to test efforts to improve care and contain costs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.

Kaiser, Humana, Florida Blue sit high on customer satisfaction rankings

Kaiser Permanente, Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida came out on top for customer satisfaction, according to an annual survey from Insure.com. The study measured customer service, claims satisfaction, value for price paid, and customer renewals and recommendations.

Lessons from a 25-year integrated care veteran

Many healthcare organizations are just starting to adopt more integrated models of care--Humana has embraced the concept for 25 years, Roy Beveridge, M.D., chief medical officer of Humana, told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.

Hospitals make major inroads in insurance biz

More hospitals and health systems are getting into the insurance business, eliminating health insurers from the process, the  Fiscal Times reported.