Care Plan Communication: A Provider's Role in Driving Patient Activation

Posted by Amy Babington on Nov 18, 2014 10:35:51 AM

At FORCE we have learned that pre-operative communication of a care plan can go a long way in engaging a patient, reducing patient anxiety, and lowering costs. A key piece in driving patient activation that is often overlooked is the consistency of the messaging to patients from their providers about their pathway.

We often hear of patients being given multiple different instructions from multiple different providers along the care continuum. While each provider is trying to help “activate” and “engage” a patient by communicating a care plan, inconsistent messaging will do just the opposite. By receiving conflicting messages, the patient is left confused and frustrated – all in addition to the anxiety and nervousness that come with preparing for a procedure.

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Topics: value-based care, patient engagement, bundled payments, post-acute care, care plan, patient activation

Building Evidence-Based Post-Acute Pathways

Posted by Bill Porter on Nov 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Through our work with Orthopaedic hospital organizations, our team at FORCE Therapeutics is seeing the unbelievable traction of bundled payments in lower extremity total joint arthroplasty. Bundles are still technically an experiment, but leading Ortho surgeons and hospitals around the country are transforming their business and care models around episode of care management and value-based care in general.

Bundles represent a novel challenge and opportunity – how to do more with less.  Constraint drives creativity and innovation.  Across the country providers are completely redesigning and rethinking the way they deliver care.  If what we’re seeing in pockets proliferates (and it will), it’s going to have an economic impact measured in the tens of billions of dollars.

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The Impact of Pre-operative Education on Post-surgical Care Pathways

Posted by Bronwyn Spira on Oct 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Doc_with_patient_and_ipadIt is our firm belief here at FORCE Therapeutics that pre-operative education and preparedness can positively impact a patient’s post-acute care experience. We are seeing this in the following ways within the care continuum:

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Topics: healthcare costs, patient education, post-acute care

Managing the Increased Demand for Physical Therapy After the ACA

Posted by Brandon Goldenberg on Oct 16, 2014 4:03:00 PM

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more people are acquiring coverage on health exchanges. Although coverage options differ, most plans feature the same set of essential health benefits, which include coverage for rehabilitation services like physical therapy. In addition, a rising demand for PT is expected from the aging baby boomer generation. While baby boomers presently make up only 12 percent of the newly insured population, they account for a much larger share of healthcare services. Knee replacement surgeries, for example, have more than tripled amongst the baby boomer generation over the lastdecade, thereby increasing the demand for post-op physical therapy. Furthermore, the ACA’s focus on prevention means that insured individuals will be encouraged to seek physical therapy as a viable non-surgical treatment option, which will add to demand for services.

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Patient Engagement: Improving Post-Acute Care, Sustaining Bundled Payments

Posted by Brandon Goldenberg on Sep 17, 2014 2:27:17 PM

Bundled Payments have been gaining momentum as a desirable value-based payment system. The model shows promise for its ability to align incentives across the care continuum in delivering high-quality, cost-effective care.  

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Healthcare's Newest Challenge - Scaling Care Coordination

Posted by Bill Porter on Jul 28, 2014 11:56:43 AM

Post-acute care and transitions of care (specifically the transition from the hospital to the home) are extremely challenging for patients, caregivers and the healthcare system as a whole. 
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Topics: ACOs, Hospital Readmissions, healthcare, bundled payments, outcomes

Baby Boomers: Powerful Users of Digital Health Care

Posted by Angela Delgado on Jul 23, 2014 9:44:51 AM

As the fee-for-service payment system for health care services in the United States continues to raise costs and decrease efficiency, analysts are looking towards the cost of patients of the future – namely, the aging Baby Boomer generation, nearly 30% of which is or will be affected by osteoarthritis, the most prevalent musculoskeletal disease.

By 2030, when the last of the Baby Boomers turns 65 years old, 20% of Americans will be eligible for Medicare. For taxpayers, this has far-reaching implications if the fee-for-service payment system is perpetuated. As digital health and bundled payments become the new norm, dollars spent on health care will decrease, countering what would otherwise be a massive increase in spending within the next fifteen years. Luckily, Boomers are more tech savvy than they are given credit for – In fact, older patients (those over 50) want digital healthcare services nearly as much as their younger counterparts. The question is, how can we take advantage of this generation’s ability to use technology to decrease health care spending?

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Topics: musculoskeletal, digital health, fee-for-service, Technology, healthcare, bundled payments