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Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 2

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 3, 2014

Associated words to describe this sequence include "deliriogenic" and "SICU psychosis."

9. PROs or Functional Outcomes
From language in the SGR repeal proposal to Meaningful Use quality measures, the idea that provider payment should depend on a "PRO," or patients' reported outcome, is gaining momentum at a dizzying pace.

An example of a PRO is how soon and how far a patient can walk after hip replacement surgery.

Bill Kramer, Executive Director for National Health Policy for the Pacific Business Group on Health and a member of the National Quality Forum, says such measures are already being used by systems such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. They present opportunities for performance improvement and treatment effectiveness comparisons.

10. CACs, CECs, In-Person Assisters, and Navigators
Certified Application (or Enrollment) Counselors, In-person Assisters, and Navigators are specified under health insurance exchange regulations to help patients make appropriate choices when purchasing plans through federally facilitated and state exchange marketplaces.

Some may be hospital employees; some may be volunteers. All presumably receive training and undergo assurance testing to guard protected health information. Many are financed through a variety of federal, state and private grant programs.

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