Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

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

JMIR Study on Consumer Expectations and Attitudes about Psychotherapy
Brightside Health (@withbrightside) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida have a new study published in JMIR Formative Research. The research highlights that perceptions of virtual psychotherapy and psychiatric medication are generally favorable, however many misconceptions exist, including around length of treatment. Though one in five U.S. adults suffered from mental illness in 2020 alone, estimates suggest that less than half of people who need mental health services receive them. We must improve our understanding of barriers to care, yet few surveys have sought patient input as consumers of therapy services.

Trilliant Health’s 2023 SimilarityIndex™ | Hospitals Reveals Wide Variation in Commercial Reimbursement Despite Similar Quality and Patient Acuity
The foundation of an evidence-based strategy is an accurate benchmark. 2023 Trilliant Health SimilarityIndex™ | Hospitals (@TrilliantHealth) is the health economy’s only data-driven hospital benchmarking analysis. Instead of ranking hospitals largely based on subjective and self-reported criteria, the SimilarityEngine™ indexes facilities using machine learning models based exclusively on objective and relevant datapoints.

Cigna Study Published in Journal of Clinical Pathways Finds Home Infusions Improve Clinical Outcomes, Lower Costs
A new study by Cigna Healthcare (@Cigna) found that site-of-care redirection is associated with favorable clinical outcomes and increased access and affordability for peg­filgrastim, an injection used to prevent infection in cancer patients. The results showed that patients experienced better outcomes when the injection was administered in a home setting rather than a nonhome setting. The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Pathways.

Take a Proactive Approach to Denial Prevention
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, between 86 to 90% of denials are potentially preventable. To proactively prevent denials and capture revenue on time, the Greenway Revenue Services (@greenway) team created an informative ebook to provide thoughtful strategies for proactive denial prevention.

New Sync for Genes Phase 5 Report
From the ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) – The Sync for Genes Phase 5 final report is now available. The Phase 5 final report summarizes Phases 1 through 4 and presents the work of Phase 5, including strategic recommendations for standardizing genomic variant sharing and interpretation for clinical knowledge. The Sync for Genes program was launched in 2017 to enable the sharing of standardized genomic information among laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers. The program was designed to demonstrate incremental progress over a series of phases that build on each other.

Sustainable Growth: Charting a Path in Healthcare’s Crowded Marketplace
In a recent survey, Sage Growth Partners (@SGPHealth) found that most organizations are struggling with commercial growth, which may be why nearly three quarters consider gaining new customers a top priority in 2023. Sustainable growth is challenging, especially in today’s market where a variety of market forces are clashing to impede success. Customers are navigating a crowded vendor market in the face of inflation, workforce shortages, and regulatory burdens.

Wolters Kluwer’s Pharmacy Next survey shows 58% of Americans likely to first seek non-emergency healthcare at pharmacies
The days of patients receiving all medical care at a hospital or physician’s office are over, and a new survey, commissioned by Wolters Kluwer Health (@Wolters_Kluwer), shows the shift is due to growing trust in providers in non-traditional primary care settings driven by a desire for more convenient and affordable care. The second Pharmacy Next: Consumer Care and Cost Trends survey data also show generational trends that suggest this shift in the healthcare ecosystem is permanent and will change how all stakeholders approach care delivery in the coming years.

New Pure Storage Survey Underscores Importance of IT Modernization to Support New Technology Initiatives
Pure Storage (@PureStorage), in partnership with Wakefield Research, recently released a new report identifying the obstacles organizations across industries face in today’s digital economy while on the path to modernization, and the investment priorities they are focused on to support business growth. The new report, “IT Leader Insights: The State of IT Modernization Priorities and Challenges Amid Economic Headwinds,” reveals the need to evolve from legacy infrastructure in order to reap the full benefits of emerging technologies investments.

Medicare Vaccination Coverage After the Inflation Reduction Act: Action Still Needed to Enable High Vaccination Rates Among Medicare Beneficiaries
From NEHI (@NEHI_News) – The Part B-Part D split in Medicare vaccination coverage is ripe for reassessment. As Medicare Part D was launched in 2006, analysts identified the Part B Part D split as likely to deter beneficiaries from staying up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations and likely to deter health care providers from fully promoting them. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 Medicare Vaccination Coverage After the Inflation Reduction Act 7 removed the cost-sharing barrier by requiring Part D plans to offer vaccinations with no out-of-pocket costs to beneficiaries. However, other challenges to maintaining optimal vaccination rates among Medicare beneficiaries remain, including the post-COVID-19 challenge of preparing for the onset of new, unknown, infectious disease threats that may break out in the years ahead. Read the report.

Tumor No More: How Humanity Can Get Rid of Cancer
FII Institute’s (@FIIKSA) THINK team is proud to present their latest publication, “Cancer Vaccine Fairness: Tumor No More.” This report examines the potential impact and lingering challenges of cancer vaccines, posing a call to action to find the best, most equitable practices to end cancer around the globe.

Vizient Workforce Report Finds Nurse Turnover Rate 47% Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Levels
Vizient, Inc. (@VizientInc) released its latest Workforce Intelligence Report, finding that regular nursing hours have begun to stabilize but continue to be supplemented by overtime and contract labor hours at higher than pre-pandemic levels. The report, a collaboration between Vizient and Vaya Workforce, demonstrates how staffing shortages are negatively impacting hospital operating margins, and potentially, patient care.

Survey Finds Widespread Acceptance of Healthcare Technology’s (@HealthCareInc) 2022 Health Technology Survey. Key Findings: 85% of Americans who use wearable technologies think they helped improve their health; 82% of telehealth users had a positive experience; 64% of Gen Z use telehealth for mental health issues, compared to 18% of Baby Boomers; 45% say Artificial Intelligence in healthcare is trustworthy; 20% say their health data privacy has been violated.

Price Transparency Impact Report – 2023
Turquoise Health’s (@TurquoiseHC) next Impact Report dives into payer data quality and utility, an update on innovation for upfront, accurate patient estimates, and recommended steps toward improving price transparency data and compliance.