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Population health relies on provider collaboration, nurse coordinators, data sharing

Population health management is a vital part of an insurer's overarching goal to lower costs and improve quality care. At Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, population health means partnering with providers to offer valuable claims information to help them better manage patients with expensive chronic conditions. To learn more about how Horizon has successfully managed its population's health,  FierceHealthPayer  spoke with Steven Peskin, Horizon's senior medical director for clinical innovations.

Pain management key to patient satisfaction, perception of care

Inpatients involved in decision-making and their own pain management experienced greater satisfaction with their hospital care, according to new research published in in the March issue of  Pain Practice.

Do bundled payments stifle innovation, discriminate against high-risk patients?

Although bundled payments are an increasingly common way for insurers to pay for care--and can improve quality and lower costs--some industry experts worry that they could have more negative consequences than benefits.

Patients lack full understanding of their care

Care quality and patient satisfaction do not necessarily correlate, according to a new study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

Practice comparison shopping made easier

Healthcare consumers in Massachusetts can now compare medical practices head to head using a new website the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) launched this month. 

Value-based contracts will hurt profits, execs say

Healthcare providers expect the industry shift to value-based contracts will negatively impact their organizations' bottom lines, according to a new survey by KPMG, LLP.

4 steps for provider buy-in on new payment models

When insurers collaborate with providers to break down silos and create new ways of working together, they can successfully implement new payment models that boost quality and value throughout the healthcare system.

How to balance patient satisfaction and quality care

Two years after a study tying higher patient satisfaction to higher hospital admissions, its coauthor clears up misunderstandings in how the industry interpreted its findings.

How to put the patient at the top of your quality pyramid

Guest post by Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle What's important to you when you receive medical care? Clinical skills and outcomes are essential...

Embed patient experience advisors hospital-wide

Guest post by Doug Della Pietra, director of customer services and volunteers for Rochester General Hospital in New York. "There's a genuine sense that we're all in this together. We...