As stated in a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a fewer number of Americans have been struggling to pay their medical dues for the fourth year in a row.
Conducted by NCHS researchers Jeannine Schiller, M.P.H. and Robin Cohen, PhD., the report highlighted the fact that the number of members per household who had problems of paying off medical debts dropped by about 12 million from the first half of 2011 through to the first half of 2015. It shows that low-income families and those benefiting from government coverage notably benefited.
Indeed we are really excited that as an industry, we are making leaps toward ICD-10 and physician readiness is greatly improving.
Although there have been several delays and considerable testing measures, the past year has has left quite many far from the mark. Some time over a year ago the Medical Group Management Association published an appalling figure on physician ICD-10 risk, just before the last year’s delay.
From initial transition to value-based patient care, the concept of successful patient journey has been in a state of evolution. The emphasis on increased value of healthcare services that results in better outcomes makes patient education integral to understand the different medical therapies and the importance of adhering to them. Fortunately, there are clear and proven guidelines that help optimize patient journey and deliver improved results for patients.
It is quite evident that a seamless patient experience necessitates a focused and coordinated effort to help patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions.