AccessOne Survey Report: Providing the Patient Financial Experience Consumers Crave
October 19, 2021
When it comes to paying for healthcare costs, consumers want three things: affordable monthly payment options (60%), clear communication (58%), and transparency around out-of-pocket costs (55%), according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers commissioned by AccessOne.
Key findings from the survey include the following:
More than half (57%) of consumers are concerned about their ability to pay a medical bill of $1,000 or less.
Sixty-two percent want to discuss a payment plan or financing options prior to a procedure.
More than half of consumers (58%) delayed medical care to avoid a healthcare bill—and one-in-three have done so in the past year.
Consumers continue to shop around for care to get the most value for their healthcare dollar. Seventy-one percent of respondents would shop around for care, and 36% already have.
Negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and dwell time (NPWTi-d): a review of the evidence
Smith and Nephew
October 19, 2021
While a substantial evidence base of high-level studies supports the use of NPWT in a wide range of wound types, less is known about the effects of NPWTi-d (a modification of traditional NPWT involving the instillation of saline, an antiseptic, or antibiotic into a sealed wound). This systematic review of the literature comparing NPWTi-d with NPWT summarizes the results of the highest quality studies (Level 1) that were identified and provides recommendations from consensus groups and health regulators.
Of the studies published on NPWTi-d up to July 3, 2020, five Level 1 studies were identified in the systematic literature review, while another 120 studies were identified that were lower-quality evidence. Among other key findings, the review concludes that there are no statistically significant differences in clinical outcomes (p>0.05) in Level 1 studies.
Download the review to further discover what these studies uncovered!
Reducing pressure injury incidence in critical care with turn cueing
Smith and Nephew
October 11, 2021
Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) continue to rise despite progress made in reducing all other hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). According the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, HAPIs are associated with nearly half of the nation’s annual HAC-related deaths and cost our health system more than surgical site infections, falls, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, deep vein thrombosis, ventilator-acquired pneumonia, Clostridium difficile infections, and central line–associated bloodstream infections combined. New research also reveals a strong correlation between HAPIs and increased risk of falls, development of other HACs, and hospital re-admissions.
Regular patient turning and repositioning are cornerstones of any pressure injury prevention program, yet research shows that on average about half of patients are not turned according to their protocols. The latest 2019 international clinical practice guideline for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries includes several recommended strategies to improve patient turning and repositioning. One of the recommendations is to implement repositioning reminder strategies—such as wearable patient sensors—to promote adherence to repositioning regimens.
This case study presentation will review the objectives and outcomes from a HAPI-prevention initiative in critical care at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida that implemented a wearable sensor turn cueing system to improve turn protocol adherence and reduce hospital-acquired pressure injuries.
Healthcare Payment Predictions - What You Need To Know
October 1, 2021
Today’s healthcare consumers want to pay their medical bills anywhere, anytime. They’re looking for estimates, payment plan options, and payment mechanisms to be at their fingertips across multiple channels. They can pay for almost anything they desire from their laptops and mobile devices, so why should healthcare be any different? What do providers need to know to build a healthcare payment solution that’s fit for purpose today and into the future?
Experian Health’s patient payment experts make seven predictions for healthcare payments that will help providers boost consumer loyalty and revenue.
RENASYS◊ Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System: Compendium of clinical evidence
Smith and Nephew
September 28, 2021
RENASYS Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (tNPWT) offers good clinical outcomes across a variety of wound types, similar to those achieved with V.A.C.™ NPWT (3M KCI, San Antonio, TX, USA).
Furthermore, use of RENASYS TOUCH and Soft Port can help to improve the clinician and patient experience when using NPWT.
This compendium of clinical evidence summarizes published studies about the use of RENASYS tNPWT and provides background information on current practice using NPWT. The compendium also outlines why Smith+Nephew does not provide an instillation NPWT offering.
In total, 87 clinical publications that discuss use of RENASYS◊ tNPWT were identified, covering the following topics: RENASYS tNPWT versus V.A.C.™ NPWT; safety and efficacy; abdominal applications; intermittent use; gauze and foam dressings; RENASYS tNPWT Soft Port and drains; compatibility; and ease of use. The highest levels of evidence available are summarized for each topic; therefore, not all studies are included due to volume of publications. Each summarized study includes an overview, results and conclusions, with several supporting studies listed at the end of each section. The compendium also provides recommendations on when to use traditional or single use NPWT.
With government and commercial payers accelerating adoption of risk-based models, now is the time for providers to jump in.
As the government, employers, and consumers continue to campaign for lower healthcare costs and higher quality care, the pressure is on for providers to transition more of their business to value-based care contracts rather than fee-for-service payments.
“With healthcare costs continuing to increase, value-based care is becoming a societal imperative.” - Emily Downing, MD, VP of Medical Operations, Home Care Services, Population Health, and Care Management, Alina Health System.
During the recent HealthLeaders NOW Online Summit session “Making the Shift to Value-Based Care,” Kevin Seabaugh, vice president and health network general manager at Cerner and Emily Downing, MD, discussed the history of value-based care and new incentives to adopt this model.
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New incentives to adopt value-based care
Benefits of early adoption
How technology is critical to delivering an all-encompassing solution