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Strategies for Outsmarting the Physician Shortage

Over the past several months, more and more healthcare analysts have started to raise concerns about an impending physician shortage. The argument is highlighted by the expected influx of new patients this year as Obamacare enables millions of people to obtain insurance and presumably begin accessing the healthcare system as never before. While ambulatory visits had already been increasing by an average of 2.1% per year since 2000, [i] this new demand is expected to push total outpatient visits to 812 million by 2020.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals ambulatory services Physicians patient outmigration physician shortage Personnel outpatient volumes Hospitals leakage Patient Access

The Complexities and Classifications of Patient Access Discussed at ATLAS 2014

“Healthcare is different. It is one of the only industries that actively cares about the well-being of the consumers who cannot afford it - the patients.” This was one of the many inspiring statements shared at our inaugural Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium, and it points to the crux of the patient access issue: patients are the center of healthcare and they must be able to access the care they need, whenever they need it.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals ATLAS Physicians Population Health Management Event News Physician Network Strategy Concept Posts Patient Access

Constant Medical Practice For Better Patient Access

Thanks to their star player, Johns Hopkins’ pancreatic surgical team has a batting average of .980. This is no small feat.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals Physicians Referral Management Big Data kyruus outpatient volumes Patient Access

The Cutting Room Floor: Doctor "Abridgement" and How to Fix It

I've been a fan of audiobooks for quite a long time, since the days when publishers preferred to publish abridged versions of books. That practice drove me absolutely crazy. I wanted to hear the whole book, but a publisher explained to me at one point that customers wouldn’t like the bulk and expense of all the cassette tapes needed for such a product. I could see their point, and yet I didn’t think they were looking at the big picture.

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Transition Management: Where the population health management rubber hits the road

This post was written by George Pace, Kyruus' Director of Client Development

A health system CEO once told me that anyone who tells you she knows what “population health management” means is lying. While I wouldn’t use similarly strong language to make that point, I have had many conversations with health system and health plan leaders about “population health management”, and through those conversations have come to understand that we do not nearly have a uniform definition of what the term even means. The absence of a uniform definition for population health management can be attributed to market variability, i.e. my population is different from yours, and therefore implies a different approach to managing it.

Topics: Physician Referrals Transition Management population health Referral Analytics Physicians Population Health Management referral misdirection Referral Management kyruus Hospitals Affordable Care Act Patient Access

Docs in Translation: How Clinical Fluency and Volumes Affect Outcomes

This post was written by Dr. Lara Terry, Kyruus' Medical Director

Rapidly advancing technology is enabling the production and consumption of healthcare data in a way not previously possible. With so much at stake in medicine, can Big Data help us decide on the “right” doctor to meet our medical needs?

Topics: Physicians Analytics Data Big Data patient experience kyruus Hospitals

Can’t Get No (Referral) Satisfaction

In the event of a medical illness, we all want to feel that we will get to the “right” doctor – someone expert in diagnosing and treating our specific condition using the best and latest in medical knowledge. Not surprisingly, there is a large and growing body of evidence suggesting that the “right” doctor for a given patient is the one with the appropriate training and clinical experience in that patient’s condition. This is particularly true in specialist care where procedures are more common and conditions more narrowly defined.

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Wait, Wait, Don't Treat Them

According to a survey conducted ­by healthcare consulting firm Merritt Hawkins [1], patients in major metropolitan areas can expect to wait an average of 18.5 days to see a doctor. In some areas and specialties, things were far worse than the study’s national average. For instance, in Boston, wait times for specialists in cardiology, dermatology, orthopedic surgery and obstetrics / gynecology averaged over 45 days; for a family practitioner, Bostonians can expect to wait more than 2 months (or 66 days) for an appointment. To make matters worse, the study was conducted this summer – before the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect.

Topics: Physicians wait times physician shortage patient experience kyruus outpatient volumes Hospitals Appointment Wait Times Patient Access

The Data Puzzle: Industry Comments on Release of CMS Physician Data

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Topics: Information Access Medicare Data Physicians Data Transparency CMS Physician Privacy Data Public Comments

A Patient A Day Keeps the Doctor In Play

[Originally posted on O'Reilly Strata Blog]

Topics: Physician Referrals Physicians Big Data Concept Posts Hospitals