10 Trends Physicians Must Anticipate in 2018

Posted by Continuum on Jan 10, 2018 10:37:14 AM

2018 is expected to be another tumultuous year for the healthcare industry, even though industry growth is projected to remain mostly stable.1 With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate, uncertain policy efforts to strengthen state marketplaces, and ever-increasing insurance premiums, there will be a broad range of challenges facing the industry this year.

Yet for physicians and clinicians, the industry’s shifting tides will not be the center focus. Physicians will place increased emphasis on alleviating operational challenges, improving the quality of care for their patients, and tracking compliance with care plans to improve patient outcomes. These improvements are expected to aid in the decrease of overall healthcare spend, since industry trends in 2018 will focus on innovative ways to lower costs, increase quality, and reduce unnecessary utilization.

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Topics: Telemedicine, quality care, population health, value-based care, physicians, 2018 healthcare trends, quality payment program, care variation, Medicare Advantage, high deductible health plans

The Telemedicine Battle: when will the benefits outweigh the challenges?

Posted by Continuum on Jun 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Though telemedicine has been a segment of the healthcare industry for years, the use of telehealth technology has not expanded to meet its full potential. Telemedicine still has a few challenges to overcome, the biggest being the lack of strong financial incentives for implementation and utilization—despite telehealth’s capacity to lower overall healthcare usage and save time for providers.

The healthcare industry lacks a unifying drive to incorporate telemedicine into physicians’ day to day routines, since in many states providers are not reimbursed for tele-visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Continuum Health's CMO, Dr. Michael Renzi, recently wrote on his difficulty embracing telemedicine due to a continuing need for fee-for-service payments. Though telemedicine offers great opportunities for practices, it is stymied by the lack of proper reimbursement.

Yet with the volatility surrounding healthcare policy under the Trump administration, there is hope that new or further developed healthcare legislation could incentivize telemedicine for providers, helping them to achieve the Triple Aim.

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Topics: Telehealth, Telemedicine, virtual medicine

Telehealth: the best idea that may never happen

Posted by Michael Renzi, DO, FACP on Mar 7, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Telehealth is the wave of the future for PHM and VBC—but who’s going to pay?

When it comes to defining the factors that will have the biggest impact on the future of healthcare in the United States, it’s no wonder that connected care is among them.  As our technology improves and new devices hit the market seemingly every week, the ability to capitalize on these innovations to improve care delivery and patient engagement is a no-brainer.

But, two questions come up when I talk to my clinical colleagues: Should I offer telehealth services, and how can I pay for them? My answers: yes, and maybe try a tip jar at the front desk.

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Topics: payer reimbursement, Telehealth, Telemedicine

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