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Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching

Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

Standardization of address and last name improved sensitivity from 81.3 to 91.6 percent
The phenomenon of private equity acquisition of physician practices is discussed in an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Jan. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

Critics warn private equity firms might focus on increased profitability at expense of patient care
From 1997 through 2016

Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

Considerable increase seen from 1997 through 2016, especially in direct-to-consumer advertising
Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Socioeconomic disparities exist in use of patient portals; privacy concerns cited for nonuse
Patient and family partnership in care should include treatment of patients and families with dignity and respect

Four Principles Underlie Patient and Family Partnership in Care

Patients, families should be treated with dignity and respect, be actively engaged in care
The impact of alternative payment models on physician practices has been described in a study published by the RAND Corp. and the American Medical Association.

Pace of Change Has Accelerated in Alternative Payment Models

Physicians also report increasing complexity of APMs, more financial risk aversion
Interoperability of health care information technology must be improved to facilitate creation of a fully integrated health care system that can improve health and health care at lower cost

Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

Steps outlined for health systems to establish comprehensive, ongoing procurement strategies
A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Under the approval, Aetna must sell off its private Medicare drug plans
Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season

Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

Lowest rates seen among health workers in long-term care settings
The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

Health plans had most records breached from 2010 to 2017, but providers breached most often