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Frequent Users of Health Services

Frequent Users of Health Services

Most communities experience a small number of individuals who repeatedly and excessively utilize hospital emergency department and inpatient services as their primary source of medical care. Their problems tend to be complex, often including chronic illness, substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness. This paper documents “frequent users” and the large share of medical costs they generate for conditions that could have been prevented or more appropriately treated in other community settings and identifies the importance of addressing the needs of frequent users to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and simultaneously improve the health care system.

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Bundled Payments: Opportunities and Challenges

As use of bundled payments increases, how do health system stakeholders minimize the risk of unintended consequences and maximize chances this...
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E.V.I.dently January 2016

MessageThe Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016In his annual health care outlook, NPC President Dan Leonard explains why...
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The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
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Can We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?

Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
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Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012)–The costs to employers of chronic health conditions on employee productivity are well documented, but few studies...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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New Survey Shows Employers Eyeing CER, PCORI for Health Information

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011--Employers are aware of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and its potential to answer critical questions about...
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Study Sheds New Light on the Impact of Medication Adherence, Multiple Chronic Diseases and Health Risks in the Workplace

(Chicago -- June 16, 2011) A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers...
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The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Commentary and Testimony Page

NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
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Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
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High Stakes for Setting Research Standards

What is the cost of poorly designed research? In the comparative effectiveness arena, faulty studies could mean that consumers may make important...
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Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

Tom Valuck, MD, MHSA, JD, partner, Discern Health, is a co-author of the white paper "Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

The current health care delivery system is evolving from a fee-for-service system to one that is performance-based. How does this shift impact...
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Shifting the Focus From "How Much" to "How Well" We Spend Our Health Care Dollars

A. Mark Fendrick, MD, director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance design at the University of Michigan, highlights the key findings from a...
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Rapid-Learning Health Care Systems, Explained

Dr. Lucy Savitz, director of research and education, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, explains rapid learning...
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Bundled Payments: Opportunities and Challenges

As use of bundled payments increases, how do health system stakeholders minimize the risk of unintended consequences and maximize chances this...
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Can We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?

Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
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The Shift to Value-Based Care: Balancing Quality Improvement with Patient Access

Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift throughout our health care system to move to a delivery and payment model known as value-...
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#TBT: Restrictive Formularies & Potential Pitfalls

As part of our Throwback Thursday blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous research,...

Designing Successful Bundled Payment Initiatives

The National Pharmaceutical Council led a study that identified three principles intended to...

What Contributes Most to High Health Care Costs?

A small segment of the population—often the sickest

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