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The current ACO model is, indeed, challenging. Blending both provider and payer functions is fraught with conflict. But the provider-directed model was supposed to function closer to the actual delivery of care, and thereby be more capable of generating change. Instead, ACOs have deployed health plan strategies that were implemented decades ago, which failed to stem rising costs: care coordination, management of referrals, restriction of unnecessary (post-acute) services. Why?
Patient Engagement HIT | June 18, 2021

Social isolation, a key social determinant of health (SDOH) can have a negative effect on mental and physical health outcomes. Individuals in long-term care (LTC) facilities have higher 30-day mortality rates when the facility is in a socially isolated location, according to a study from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, social isolation has impacted individual mental health and wellbeing and has emerged as a social determinant of health. In March 2020, under CMS orders, long-term care facilities banned nonessential visitors and group activities in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
To say that hospitals and health systems have had to do more with less in the past 18 months is the understatement of a lifetime. These organizations have faced more than their fair share of unexpected challenges – from spiking patient demand, increasing costs and lost revenue, to overworked staff, a downturn in elective procedures and the need to quickly add virtual care services – all resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, they have been navigating the move to value-based care, which is a cataclysmic shift in the way hospitals historically operate. Contributing to these challenges has been a systemic lack of interoperability between systems and data.
Technology has the opportunity to create seamless communication for healthcare organizations, providing a secure and efficient method for ensuring patient, staff and provider satisfaction. It can enable better collaboration for healthcare providers and improves care coordination and delivery. But what happens when technology, such as EHRs, do not communicate with one another? The value in technology is negated when systems are unable to communicate effectively.
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June 29, 2021 | 1 PM EST


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Upcoming Conferences
11th National ACO Summit
September 20-23, 2021 (Virtual)

FLAACOS Fall Conference
November 4-5, 2021 | Orlando, FL

American Physician Groups Annual Conference
December 9-11, 2021 | San Diego, CA

Exhibitor Spotlight
As a healthcare communications orchestration company, HealthCrowd is focused on making consumers better partners with the healthcare ecosystem. Equipped with unique capabilities and technology, HealthCrowd is a leader in Medicaid digital communications that drive measurable outcomes, a pioneer of preventive closed-looped social needs and SDoH outreach, and a trailblazer in Medicare Advantage and D-SNP digital adoption.

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