Entries in Thayer, Claire (110)

Friday
Jul172015

Accuracy of Provider Directories

By Claire Thayer, July 17, 2015

Beginning in 2016, health plans will face stiff penalties for failing update and monitor their provider directories. Kaiser Health News reports that inaccuracies in provider directories may trigger penalties of up to $25,000 per day per beneficiary for inaccuracies in Medicare Advantage directories while providers involved with plans on the federal exchanges could face penalties of up to $100 per day per affected beneficiary for problems in their directories.

MCOL’s infoGraphoid for this week takes a deeper look into the state of provider directories across the country:

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Thursday
Jun182015

Health Plan Member Portals

By Claire Thayer, June 18, 2015

During the months of May and June, MCOL and LexisNexis conducted an e-poll of healthcare professionals on their involvement and insights with health plan member portals.  Respondents were categorized as Health Plan, Integrated delivery Network, Third Party Administrator (TPA), Self-Insured Employer, and Other. Overall, two thirds of the respondents indicated that they currently have a health plan member portal in place, and 43% of those who currently don’t have a health plan member portal in place plan on establishing one within the next 12 months. 

MCOL’s infoGraphoid for this week highlights results from the MCOL / LexisNexis e-poll as well as Cigna’s experience with their CDHP customers’ use of health portals and a recent HIMSS Leadership survey on use of patient portals:

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Wednesday
May202015

Impact of Stress on Health Risk

By Claire Thayer, May 20, 2015

Stress is prevalent, and at some point, all of us are faced with some type of stress in our lives.  What is considered as a stressful situation to one person may be inconsequential to another.  A recent WebMD study finds that 43% of all adults suffer adverse affects from stress. WebMD tells us that a little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. However, it’s the ongoing chronic stress that can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems, including:

  • Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
  • Obesity and other eating disorders
  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon

MCOL’s infoGraphoid for this week takes a look at the impact of stress on health risk, outlining three different types of stress and the impact on both overall physical and mental health:

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Thursday
May072015

Four Factors Fueling Demand for Telehealth

By Claire Thayer, May 7, 2015

Telehealth, as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. 

MCOL’s infoGraphoid for this week identifies these four factors as the key components fueling the increasing demand for telehealth:

  • Reduce Health Care Costs
  • Improve Access to Care
  • More Productive Workforce
  • Better Patient Experience

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Thursday
Apr162015

Provider Networks Referral Leakage

By Claire Thayer, April 16, 2015

Containing patient referrals within a provider network is easier said than done, even with electronic health records.  According to Joel French, CEO of SCI Solutions, "more than 25 percent of orders and referrals from employed providers leak out of network."  Chief Financial Officers across the country cite referral leakage as a top concern. According to a recent survey, 51% of CFOs list reducing network leakage as the most successful methods for generating future revenue growth. 

MCOL’s infoGraphoid for this week takes a look at some of the root causes of referral leakage as well as identifies seven ways to contain the leakage:

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.