CareMessage Blog

News Roundup

June 4, 2019

June News Roundup: Curbing ED Overuse in Atlanta and Physician Burnout Connected to Social Determinants of Health

Stay ahead of healthcare industry news for FQHC and Health Center leaders with our monthly roundups. We curate the most important developments around healthcare technology, underserved patient care, value-based care, social determinants of health, and more to keep you informed in your role as a healthcare leader.  

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June News Roundup: Curbing ED Overuse in Atlanta and Physician Burnout Connected to Social Determinants of Health

Patient Engagement

May 30, 2019

How to Build the Best Care Management Team for Your FQHC

A care management team might sound like a “nice-to-have” option at first glance, but in reality, they’re a powerful tool that can provide unmatched support for your patients and underserved communities — especially when it comes to effectively managing medical conditions in the age of value-based care.   In general, care management teams in FQHCs ...

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How to Build the Best Care Management Team for Your FQHC

Patient Engagement

May 22, 2019

How to Help Underserved Patients Stop Over-Utilizing the ED

The legacy of fee-for-service presents an unprecedented opportunity for FQHC leaders. A recent report found that just six common, chronic conditions made up 60% of the 24 million emergency department (ED) visits in 2017. About a third of those visits were likely preventable if they’d been treated in a lower-cost outpatient setting. ED use is ...

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How to Help Underserved Patients Stop Over-Utilizing the ED

Patient Engagement

Community Spotlight

May 14, 2019

4 Tips for Engaging Hard-to-Reach Patients

Over 27 million underserved patients visit Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country every year now, representing 8% of the total U.S. population. These patients are disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases and include many hard-to-reach patient groups, such as homeless populations, who are particularly challenging to care for. 

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4 Tips for Engaging Hard-to-Reach Patients

Patient Engagement

Community Spotlight

May 7, 2019

An Unexpected Use Case for CareMessage

We recently learned of an unusual way that one of our newer customers leveraged the CareMessage Platform. While staff messaging is not an intended use for our product, one California FQHC found that it was just the right solution in a crisis situation.

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An Unexpected Use Case for CareMessage

Value-Based Care

April 30, 2019

Implications of Value-Based Care for FQHCs

With a renewed nationwide focus on patient-centered care, many states and payers are starting to move away from a traditional fee-for-service model in favor of more value-based care reimbursements. The shift will no doubt have an impact on every healthcare organization, but FQHCs and other safety net community clinics that provide services to ...

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Implications of Value-Based Care for FQHCs

Value-Based Care

April 23, 2019

How Fee-for-Service is Changing And How To Be Prepared

Over the course of the last 50 years, healthcare payment models have ebbed and flowed through administration changes, policy shifts, and the evolution of Medicare. However, through it all, the basic premise remained largely the same: Doctors are paid based on the volume of services provided with little to no incentive tied to positive outcomes or ...

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How Fee-for-Service is Changing And How To Be Prepared

Healthcare Technology

April 17, 2019

How are Underserved Populations Using Their Phones?

At CareMessage, we rely on mobile technology to reach underserved populations and ultimately lead them to live healthier lives. As smartphones continue to become more easily accessible for this population, we are able to communicate directly with even more patients, ensuring that we are reaching as many people as possible.

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How are Underserved Populations Using Their Phones?

Patient Engagement

April 10, 2019

The Real Cost of Missed Appointments for FQHCs

t’s no secret that missed appointments have a lasting impact on a healthcare center’s bottom line. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that, each year, no-shows cost the healthcare industry more than $150 billion. But when calculating the cost of a no-show, it’s important for FQHCs to consider losses that go beyond missed appointment hours. When you ...

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The Real Cost of Missed Appointments for FQHCs
April 2, 2019

The Link Between Economic Well-Being and Health

There is no doubt that underserved populations in the United States face significant health disparities—preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence and overall health. Some factors, such as language barriers, can be easily overcome—adding an interpreter or translation service inside the health center is a relatively simple ...

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The Link Between Economic Well-Being and Health