Weekly Rounds: 2018 Health Policy Trends, History of DPC, EPCSs, and ACO success

Weekly Rounds: 2018 Health Policy Trends, History of DPC, EPCSs, and ACO success

This week we examined the benefits of worksite clinics offered by employers, discussed the history of direct primary care, looked at how EPCSs will help combat drug abuse, outlined health policy trends coming this year in 2018, and demonstrated the role primary care physicians play in their ACO success.

At Elation Health, we’re committed to strengthening the physician-patient relationship and providing intuitive tools for clinical first care. Part of this commitment includes keeping physicians and staff informed about the latest healthcare news, technology trends, and policy updates that impact their practices and patients.

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  1. History of Direct Primary Care Practices – Even though direct primary care may seem like a newer model of care, DPC’s origins extend back farther than once thought. Learn more about how DPC came to be and how its history informs its future.
  2. How worksite clinics enhance patient access – On-site and near-site workplace clinics benefit both employers and employees alike. From immunizations to pharmacies, employees spend fewer days away from work and employers see a marked improvement in morale and performance. Read more about the benefits of worksite clinics.
  3. How EPCS will grow in 2018 – To combat the growing opioid epidemic, state and federal agencies are rolling out the Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) initiative. Discover how integrating electronic health records with EPCSs will help stem prescription abuse.
  4. Health policy trends for 2018 – A handful of healthcare industry changes are coming in 2018. Read how Medicare policy changes, shifts in Medicaid reimbursement rules, anti-opioid regulations, and a rise in value-based care will affect independent primary care physicians.
  5. The role primary care physicians play in ensuring ACO success – Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are formed by independent physicians who share common goals. Learn what it takes to make an ACO truly successful.