Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

We have rounded up some reports and survey’s from around the industry that we thought were of interest.

Improving Patient Payment Collections is a High Priority for Nearly Three-fourths of Providers, New Study Finds
Nearly three-fourths (68%) of providers believe that improving patient payment collections is a high priority, according to a new study from Sphere (@SphereCommerce), a provider of end-to-end integrated healthcare payments and security software. The study, conducted by management consulting firm CWH Advisors on behalf of Sphere, discovered that 71% of providers ranked accelerating cash flow as a top-three priority when selecting patient payment solutions. The next-most important priorities for providers were excellent customer service both for patients and staff (68%) and flexible payment options for patients (50%).

Ready and Resilient: Class of 2023 Feels Stressed but Prepared to Enter the Workforce
Despite a largely disrupted college experience, nearly all soon-to-be college graduates (93%) are hopeful for their future, according to a new survey by TimelyCare (@timely_care), the virtual health and well-being solution in higher education. Four years ago, most students in the Class of 2023 were less than a year into their college career when the global pandemic brought everything to a halt. With their hopes and dreams of a “normal” college experience dashed, students faced a steep learning curve to navigate new pandemic-era norms both inside and outside of the classroom. Now in the wake of the pandemic, nearly eight in 10 (79%) graduating seniors say COVID-19 impacted their workforce preparedness, and a majority (68%) citing the pandemic’s impact on their mental health as their No. 1 reason for feeling less prepared.

New Study Demonstrates Hospital Safety Climate and Organizational Characteristics Predict HAI and Occupational Health Outcomes
New data published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) (@APIC) provide the first published evidence that a positive safety climate and adherence to standard precautions predict key healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and occupational health outcomes among patients and health care workers, respectively. The findings highlight features within hospitals’ organizations and safety climates that could be modified to improve these outcomes.

InstaMed releases Trends in Healthcare Payments Thirteenth Annual Report
InstaMed (@InstaMed) has released their Trends in Healthcare Payments Thirteenth Annual Report – highlighting trends from the major industry stakeholders: consumers, providers and payers. The report delves into the financial, mental and operational toll that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold on the healthcare ecosystem.

Kidney Health Awareness: How informed are you?
Did you know kidney disease is often called a “silent disease?” This is because there aren’t usually symptoms during the early stages of disease progression. According to the National Institutes of Health, 90% of Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) don’t even know they have the disease until it is very advanced. According to PatientsLikeMe’s (@patientslikeme) proprietary data, the largest percentage of PLM users identifying with chronic kidney disease first experienced symptoms before the age of 20, yet the age at which the largest percentage of these users received a diagnosis was between 55-60. This is why staying on top of your health and taking the proper steps to ensure you’re both informed and prepared is critical.

RRD Survey Uncovers Dramatic Increase in Demand for At-Home Diagnostic Test Kits
A study released by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) (@rrdonnelley) revealed how consumerization and COVID-19 have contributed to increased demand for diagnostic test kits delivered to consumers’ homes. Nearly all of the relevant supply chain decision makers surveyed (97%) noted an increase in demand for at-home testing over the last two years. Of that group, a vast majority (95%) feel fairly confident about meeting this demand and most (95%) are looking for the right outsourcing partners to do so.

Trilliant Health Releases Behavioral Health Market Report Exploring How the Pandemic Altered Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in America
Trilliant Health (@TrilliantHealth), an analytics and market research firm in the healthcare industry, released its newest report, Trends Shaping the Health Economy: Behavioral Health, uncovering massive shifts in the American behavioral health market. The report, which analyzes extensive data from a variety of third-party resources and Trilliant Health’s proprietary all-payer claims database inclusive of longitudinal patient journeys for more than 300 million Americans, details behavioral health demand, supply and yield trends.

AHIMA White Paper Identifies Opportunities and Challenges with Collecting, Integrating, and Using Social Determinants of Health Data
An American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) (@AHIMAResources) survey of health information (HI) professionals found that nearly eight in 10 healthcare organizations currently collect social determinants of health (SDOH) data but still face challenges related to the collection, coding, and use of this clinically relevant data. AHIMA commissioned the study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, to better understand the operational realities of how SDOH data is collected, coded, and used in real-world healthcare scenarios. NORC surveyed 2,600 AHIMA members and nonmembers from a pool of 41,000 potential respondents in the early fall of 2022.