Biography for Alicia Caramenico
Alicia Caramenico is the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer and its related publications. Before joining FierceMarkets, she was a web production/multimedia intern at the non-profit Education Week. For almost two years she worked as a publications intern at RiskMetrics Group, a risk management and corporate governance firm in Rockville, Md. Alicia holds a B.A. in print journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. She enjoys reading and playing with her English bulldog. Alicia can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceHealth and @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Alicia Caramenico
University of Montreal researchers analyzed the billing information for more than 870 Quebec practitioners, half of them women, treating elderly diabetic patients and found the female doctors provided higher quality care than their male counterparts.
While the healthcare industry aims to shift away from a fee-for-service payment model that rewards volume over value, real payment reform must retain some elements of fee for service, according to a health policy expert.
The rocky start to open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges has prompted Republican calls for the resignation of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
When it comes to CEO turnover, healthcare continues to outpace other industries, saying goodbye to the most chief executives so far this year, according to the latest report from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Physician assistants are embracing industry calls to help close the primary care gap and meet the growing demand for healthcare services, NBC News reported.
Changing healthcare reimbursement and delivery systems are driving clinicians and hospitals closer together, and as a result doctors, nurses and other health professionals increasingly are taking on key leadership roles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Research shows when patients get admitted to the hospital on Friday night or over the weekend, they stay in the hospital longer than those admitted Monday through Thursday, Forbes reported.
Hospitals should add patient activation to their list of readmission reduction strategies, suggests a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that found patients possessing a high degree of knowledge, skills and confidence in self-managing their care were less likely to return to the hospital within 30 days.
Last week, the health insurance exchanges opened to strong consumer interest, not to mention some frustrating technical glitches, and saw millions of consumers checking out the new online marketplaces.
But what about providers? Have hospitals and practices welcomed exchanges with open arms? It looks like they're throwing rotten tomatoes at the exchanges instead, giving negative feedback and even filing lawsuits. For example, Seattle Children's Hospital has sued Washington state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner for being cut out of the new exchange.
Efforts to control healthcare costs and reduce utilization require all hands on deck--from all hospital departments and service lines. The most successful hospitals use multidisciplinary teams to integrate care for better outcomes and lower costs.