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Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs Decline 35 Percent As States Continue Push Towards Integrated Care Coordination In 2017

medicaid-logoAccording to details in a new report shared Wednesday with mHealthWatch, State Medicaid organizations are changing the way they fund behavioral health treatments.

More of these organizations have replaced their traditional carve-out financing models — in which behavioral health benefits are separately administered — with consumer-specific carve-outs or behavioral health carve-ins.

The number of these traditional carve-outs has dropped from 17 in 2013 to only 11 at the beginning of 2017. These strategic insights and more are included in the recently released OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence Report, State Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs: The OPEN MINDS 2017 Annual Update.

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How Everyday People Can Train Like Elite Athletes

Marathon Training Gets Some Mobile Assistance in Los AngelesDo you have dreams of becoming a professional athlete? Then you better lace up your skates.

Of the five most popular professional team sports in North America, those who play high school hockey have the best opportunity – a one in 598 chance – to play professionally. Unfortunately, people have better odds of being killed in a car accident – one in 113.

Just because your childhood dreams being a superstar have been dashed, doesn’t mean you can’t train like an elite athlete.

Dr. Greg Wells, a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology, and author of the book “The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move And Think Better,” says that many people are starting to recognize their poor health habits and are taking action to change them.

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Tactio Cited by BERG Insight Among Top mHealth Care Delivery Platforms

TactioRPM Touts FDA RegistrationCanadian media outlets are reporting that Tactio’s app-enabled telehealth solution, TactioRPM, is referenced as one of the top mHealth care delivery platforms by leading M2M/IoT market research firm Berg Insight.

The reference comes in the 8th edition of its mHealth and Home Monitoring report.

“Care delivery platforms are software solutions that enable the remote delivery of healthcare services and care efforts to be coordinated between patients, various professional caregivers and other stakeholders such as the patient’s family,” the provided report summary reads, adding that care delivery platforms will be instrumental for engaging patients in their own care and delivering remote monitoring services to a large number of people in a cost-efficient manner.

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Clients and Care Plans: mPulse Mobile Solution Boosts Rx Refill Rates

Electronic Data May Assist Hospitals with Medication AdherenceThis week, in the continuation of our new blog series, we’re exploring what happens to patients after diagnosis and instructions are provided by their doctors and healthcare professionals. Sadly, 50 percent of patients do not adhere to the care plans recommended by their physicians.

Consider the case of a large Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), which was concerned about the low medication refill rates among its Medicare patients with chronic conditions. According to mPulse Mobile’s Outcomes Report, call center outreach to this population only achieved an 8 percent refill rate — and the costs were high. Email and paper reminders did not drive any increases in refill rates.

Soon the IDN firm’s Pharmacy Operations Director engaged mPulse Mobile, a company that provides mobile engagement solutions for healthcare, to help devise a better solution to increase the refill rates and reduce the workload demands on the pharmacy call center staff.

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WalletHub Study: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors

Serving the American Healthcare RevolutionWith National Doctor’s Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system.

According to a provided report summary, here’s what we’re told about the best vs. the worst:

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Nursing Agency in Portland Warns of Health Effects of Sleep Apnea in Honor of National Sleep Awareness Month

Man sleeping in bedMedia Announcement: Express Healthcare Professionals, a leading nursing agency in Portland, OR, has taken the time to spread the word about sleep apnea and its effect on a person’s overall health during National Sleep Awareness Month.

Sleep apnea, a quite common and prevalent sleeping disorder, occurs when a person’s breathing fluctuates through random pauses and shallow breaths during sleep. Usually chronic, over time the disorder can have a noticeably poor effect on an individual’s sleep, negatively impacting their health and daily activities.

Express Healthcare Professionals National Clinical Director Christina Muniz said, “Untreated sleep apnea can cause a significant negative impact on your overall health. Increased blood pressure along with an increased risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack are commonly caused by the sleep disorder which affects approximately 18 million Americans.”

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Emanate Wireless Upgrades PowerPath TempHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Virtual Reality Admitted to Children’s Hospital
According to a new report from VRJournal, pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are embracing the power of virtual reality.

WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America Partner to Address Diabetes in Trucking Industry
Digital health leader WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) announced their partnership to help truckers living with diabetes.

IdeaCrew Adds Health and Regulatory Leader to Management Team
On Wednesday, in an effort to support its growing benefits enrollment and technology-based health services business, IdeaCrew announced that Patrick Canavan, Psy.D., has joined the company as Vice President of Consulting Services.
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