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The Rise of Air Ambulance Use: Part 1 of a 2-part series

Air ambulances have rapidly become vital and unique fixtures of the U.S. healthcare system. As specialized aircrafts – i.e., medically equipped helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes – they provide emergency transportation over distances and/or terrains that would be impractical for ground ambulances.   Their use has surged since 1980, when medical helicopters began to be manufactured […]

New Approaches to Managing High-Cost Drugs

Prescription drugs are critical to any effective healthcare system, but in the U.S. they are also a growing financial burden on patients, employers and care providers, many of whom struggle to keep up with their high costs. According to separate reports from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, prescriptions accounted for a […]

Value-Based Reimbursement and Improving Quality of Care

Making an effective transition to value-based care, and to a corresponding reimbursement model that works for medical providers, insurers and patients alike, is a longstanding goal for much of the U.S. healthcare system. There are many compelling reasons for adopting value-based reimbursement (VBR) as a replacement for traditional fee-for-service (FFS), with two of the most notable […]

A Look Back at 100 Years of Behavioral Health

For centuries, healthcare providers have offered behavioral health treatments for a variety of mental and physical conditions. Today, we often equate behavioral health only with mental health, but the term is broader than that, both historically and at the moment. It may also encompass any treatment for behavior-affected conditions such as hypertension, prediabetes and substance […]

The Rise of Behavioral Health Apps [Infographic]

Do you “power nap” with a meditation app? Behavioral Health is tapping into tech for innovative ways to leverage the accessibility and big data of apps. Learn more in this original infographic from AMR!

A Look at Physician Burnout

There is no denying physicians have stressful jobs. Every day, people place their lives and well-being in physicians’ hands and ask these professionals to have all of the answers. In addition to these high expectations, doctors must see numerous patients each day while keeping on top of administrative duties, technological advancements, continuing education and legislative […]

A Healthy Bottom Line: Risk Management in Healthcare [Infographic]

With health care costs on the rise across all areas, effective risk management can not only reduce losses, but contribute to substantial profit growth.

An Update on the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis continues to loom in healthcare, as more individuals become addicted to and die from lawful and illegal forms of opioids. While controlled substances such as heroin are to blame for much of the problem, prescription medications are also a contributor. Variation in how physicians treat chronic pain and non-nerve-related back pain and […]

Healthcare and Cybersecurity

From the treatments physicians offer patients to the computer software providers use to gather, protect and utilize patient information, it’s clear that the healthcare industry is taking a cyber-centric focus. As the healthcare industry advances its connectivity to the Internet and becomes more comfortable using mobile tools and applications, the risk for cyberattacks also increases. […]

The Evolution of Health Plans

The health plan you purchase today may not resemble the plan of your parents or grandparents at all. For decades, Americans received healthcare under the traditional fee-for-service system. Insurance companies reimbursed patients or payers based on every service provided to patients. This seemed logical on the surface, yet problems became clear as the industry realized […]

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