When it comes to chronically ill patients, there appears to be a continual lack of coordinated care, particularly among transition points.
Nearly one-quarter, or 24 percent, of chronically ill adults have visited a provider who did not have their needed test results.
A whopping 91 percent of chronically ill patients did not receive a written plan of care when they were discharged from the hospital.
Nearly three-quarters of patients, or 72 percent, who left the hospital did so without arranging for a follow-up visit with a physician or other healthcare provider.
Paying for CareDespite the availability of quality-based tools to compare healthcare providers and services, most patients do not take advantage of such tools.
Just one-third of patients who have a choice of health plans researched their options before making a decision about which one to choose.
Fewer than half of privately insured individuals reported talking to their doctor about treatment options and costs.
Medication AdherenceWhen facing decisions about prescription drugs, many patients fail to adhere to their doctor's recommendations
One in four chronically ill older adults reported not complying with their doctor's recommendations about prescription drug regimens. Failure to comply includes not filling prescriptions, scheduling follow-ups and making lifestyle change.
Despite the growing number of wellness and prevention options, more than half, or 52 percent, of individuals do not undertake preventive or routine healthcare, like physical examinations and regular check-ups.
End of LifeCare options at the end of life remain a murky proposition.
For caregivers, fewer than half were sure what their care recipients desired when it comes to end-of-life care as their diseases progressed. Additionally, about half (49 percent) of patients had signed a durable power of attorney and just 45 percent had a living will.