When and Where Air Ambulances Save Lives: Part 2 of a 2-part series

Air ambulances provide quick transportation for patients in remote locations, as well as for paramedics and other medical professionals whose services can be the difference between life and death in an emergency. In the first part of this series, we looked at why hospitals offer air medical services (AMS) and how insurers and patients navigate […]

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 […]

5 Unique Benefits of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

“Patient-centered” is a widely used term in health care discussions, but what does it really mean? The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) provides an instructive example. A PCMH embodies an approach to the primary care practice (PCP), one in which care is coordinated, accountable and comprehensive, as well as inclusive of wellness, preventive, acute and chronic […]

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 […]

Will Value-Based Care Drive Better Clinical Outcomes in Behavioral Health?

As the scope of behavioral health has expanded to include chronic conditions and substance abuse, so has its approach to payment models. Since the ACA, in particular, America has witnessed its health care system shift from a predominately pay-for-service model to one with various reimbursement models that focus on long-term improvements, promoting efficiency and reducing […]

New Approaches in Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is a flexible term that can refer to a potentially broad set of medical issues. It is most often used when discussing mental health conditions like major depressive disorder, but, with growing frequency, it also applies to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually any behavior-influenced condition. These include chronic diseases such as diabetes, […]

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!

How Workplaces Can Lower Insurance Costs

A healthy workforce is vital to a thriving business. Beyond keeping premiums affordable and basic healthcare accessible, today’s employers are facing several challenges to controlling the cost of health insurance: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that inflation for medical care in American cities fluctuated between approximately 2 percent and 5 percent (in terms […]

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