Guiding Patients to the Right Care

Posted by Brad Veach on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As consumerism and value based initiatives continue to change the landscape of healthcare, access to care has become a key part of the new paradigm. However, opening access without a specific strategy or without the proper protections in place often creates more challenges than it solves.

What patients really need is access to the right care.

This means the goals of the provider organization must be aligned with their resources in an intentional way. Whether it’s a patient self-scheduling, a care coordinator scheduling a referral, or a call center agent helping a patient find a provider, care delivery must be mapped to the patient’s needs. In our experience, we’ve learned this doesn’t happen by chance. Instead it takes a concerted, strategic effort, complemented with smart technology, to bring the pieces together to provide a navigable care network.

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7 Ways to Accelerate Your Healthcare Call Center

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Healthcare call centers play an important role in the healthcare ecosystem. Some are performing outreach to close gaps in care, others are receiving inbound calls from patients trying to book appointments, and so on. Whether the focus is inbound or outbound, one issue remains, identifying the right provider and booking the appointment is difficult.

Typically, massive spreadsheets and/or three-ring binders full of provider information and scheduling rules must be combed through by agents to find the right provider. Once the provider is located a three-way call must be initiated so the call center agent can find a time that works for both the patient and the provider for an appointment. Many times, these three-way calls are unsuccessful, and even when they are successful, they are always tedious and time-consuming.

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Digital Care Coordination is the Future of Healthcare

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Digital care coordination is the application of smart technology to improve the appointment-making experience for healthcare patients and providers, and there is no question that every practice will someday embrace it. The myriad of short- and long-term benefits of the technology, as described below, far outweigh any growing pains and start-up costs.

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Three-Step Plan to Optimize Physician Capacity

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, September 21, 2017

There’s ongoing debate over whether we have a physician shortage looming in our future or not. Do we need to train more doctors? Or are we just inefficient? Obviously, something is awry and, as a result, American healthcare continues to rank poorly in comparison with other developed nations.

To add to the conundrum are some interesting statistics. In this study it was reported that roughly 75% of physicians say they are “overextended and overworked”. While another study revealed a mean no-show rate of 18.8%. Most physicians feel like they are operating at full capacity, while 18.8% of the appointments on their calendars never actually happen.

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How Humana Improved Access and Outcomes

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Humana was looking for a way to enhance access to specialists and improve clinical outcomes across their provider network with a digital solution. Typically, coordinating referrals across a disparate provider network has many challenges: long delays between referral order and actual appointment, identifying appropriate specialists, inefficient appointment coordination and scheduling, and inability to track data in real time.

These challenges lead to poor patient experience, diminished access to care, wasted time, negative clinical outcomes, and increased medical costs.

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5 benefits for IPAs when connected by a digital network

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Independent physician associations have popped up all over and with good reason. They help doctors retain independence while collaborating with other practices and using their combined voice to achieve better leverage in the marketplace. Together they can work to negotiate contracts, reduce overhead and pursue business alliances.

Although strategic affiliation helps IPAs pursue business opportunities, how can they overcome the disparate nature of their alliance and meet the needs of their contractors and patients?

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Reduce wait times with a digital network

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The consequences of long wait times can be severe, especially for patients. Direct correlations can be drawn from longer waiting times to increased ED utilization. If the costs associated with unnecessary ED visits weren’t enough, add to that the cost of missed appointments. According to data collected by MyHealthDirect, included in a recent article published by The New England Journal of Medicine, the longer patients wait for an appointment, the greater the chance they won’t show up. The correlation couldn’t be clearer: long waits mean more no-shows.

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