Are Direct Payment Models the Answer to Rising Patient Payments?

April 25th, 2017 by Kareo

Come join us at the next #KareoChat on Thursday, April 27 at 9AM PT, when host Kat Quinn (@DPCNavigator) will lead us in a discussion about alternative healthcare payment models. As the patient’s portion of healthcare payments continue to increase at alarming rates, independent practices are leading the way in redefining the doctor-patient relationship and implementing alternative patient payment models in response. What if practices could cut out the insurance middleman, red tape, and bureaucracy in healthcare causing doctor burnout and poor patient outcomes? Could a membership-based model improve operational efficiency and patient outcomes? We’ll explore direct pay and concierge/membership models, as well as the benefits and challenges associated with each.

Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation:

  1. What has your experience been with alternative payment models like direct pay or concierge medicine?
  2. How can direct pay or concierge membership models empower the doctor-patient relationship?
  3. What are some other benefits, such as savings on #Rx, lab work & surgeries?
  4.  What should providers consider when adopting alternative payment models? What about patients?
  5. Open forum! Let’s talk better patient outcomes through price transparency and empowering patients to shop smart.

Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host@DPCNavigator and @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

About the Host

Kat-Quinn-#kareochat

Kat Quinn, MBA, is at the forefront of free-market healthcare, a movement to revolutionize healthcare by empowering the doctor-patient relationship. Kat provides a fresh and innovative approach to building market awareness for the free-market health care industry. She is top Direct Primary Care (DPC) influencer focusing on community-driven health to promote early adoption and building market awareness for DPC. DPC is a value-based health care model empowering the doctor-patient relationship, therefore leading to better health outcomes and lower medical and Rx costs. Her mission is to navigate through the ever-changing healthcare landscape, connecting physicians, patients, and employers to resources and networks. She strives for healthcare accessibility and affordability for all Americans through community collaboration, strategic partnerships & innovation. Inspiring physicians to follow their passion & accelerate positive change in healthcare with Direct Primary Care. Follow Kat on Twitter@DPCNavigator.

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EHR Implementation: What Works?

April 17th, 2017 by Kareo

Come join us at the next #KareoChat on Thursday, April 20 at 9 AM PT, when host Amelia Roberts @RN_Solutions will guide us through a conversation about what’s working in EHR implementation. The transition to electronic health records has come with its share of challenges for independent practices, but it’s important to note what’s working and what you’d like to see more of.

Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation.

1. What works with planning an EHR go live?
2. What works with end user buy-in?
3. What works with pre-go-live EHR training?
4. What works with user adoption for those less savvy with tech?
5. What works for onsite go-live support?
6. What works for post-implementation/ongoing support product changes?
Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host @RN_Solutions and @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

About the Host

@RN_Solutions

Amelia Roberts, BSN RN is a uniquely experienced content strategist, online community manager, and active participant in healthcare social media research and mhealth app design. Previous work in the business world showed her that many professionals were uncomfortable using social media as a tool for strategic business relationship development. Amelia is a fourth generation educator who loves to teach her clients how to stay relevant in this rapidly changing healthcare landscape. She can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @RN_Solutions.

For further reading, see EHR Implementation: A Small Practice Guide.

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Possible HHS-Driven Changes After Failed Repeal of ACA

April 11th, 2017 by Kareo

Come join us at the next #KareoChat on Thursday, April 13 at 9 AM PT, hosted by @drtom_kareo to guide us through a conversation about what changes Health and Human Services (HHS) could still have in store for healthcare policies, even after the failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants will discuss what patients and providers can expect as the ACA changes under HHS rule and the Trump administration, and how these changes will shape the future and direction of healthcare.

Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation.

  1. What power does HHS have to adjust ACA rules and drive changes?
  2. What are the stated areas of change by HSS?
  3. What will be the impact of these changes to exchanges?
  4. What will be the impact of these changes to the consumer?
  5. What will be the impact of these changes to the provider?

Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host @drtom_kareo and @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

About the Host

Dr. Tom GiannulliTom Giannulli, M.D., M.S., is the chief medical information officer at Kareo. He is a respected innovator in the medical technology arena with more than 15 years of deep experience in mobile technology and medical software development. Previously, Tom was chief medical information officer at Epocrates and he was the founder and chief executive officer of Caretools, which developed the first iPhone-based EHR. Prior to that, Tom drove a number of key mobile healthcare technology innovations as VP of Advanced Research for Data Critical and the founder and CEO of Physix. He holds a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Utah and earned his M.D. from the University of Texas at Houston where he completed his residency in internal medicine.

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Evaluating and Improving Patient Care

April 4th, 2017 by Kareo

Come join us at the next #KareoChat on Thursday, April 6 at 9 AM PT, hosted by @melissarvh to guide us through a conversation about evaluating and improving patient care, from the patient’s perspective.

Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation.

  1. What factors should be considered in evaluating physician-provided care? What constitutes “good” care?
  2. Who are the major players responsible for ensuring patients have seamless care?
  3. What role does the patient play in ensuring best possible care & outcomes? Who advocates for the patient? Who coordinates care?
  4. What incentives exist (or should) to ensure all players are invested in providing the best possible care & outcomes?
  5. How can healthcare technology & IT systems assist in providing the patient uninterrupted care?
  6. Does quality care always translate to better patient outcomes? Why or why not? How do we factor in patient satisfaction?

Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host @melissarvh and @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

Melissa VanHouten

About the Host

Melissa VanHouten is a wife and mother who was diagnosed with gastroparesis in February 2014.  She is a former university political science instructor and corporate trainer.  As the creator and administrator of several online support and advocacy groups, she now spends her days advocating for those who struggle to live with the sometimes devastating and life-altering effects of gastroparesis.

“As a patient and advocate, I have encountered many dedicated, compassionate physicians, administrators, policymakers, and other players in the healthcare field who are committed to providing the best possible care and outcomes for patients,” says VanHouten. “Unfortunately, I have also witnessed the devastating effects breakdowns in our healthcare system. The importance of evaluating, analyzing, and addressing these breakdowns in care and finding solutions cannot be overestimated in terms of patient care.”

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