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Care Coordination Plan Cuts DASH Hospital Readmissions by 9%

July 1, 2015 - The implementation of a care coordination strategy for patients at risk of negative outcomes related to certain mental or behavioral health conditions helped to reduce the preventable 30-day hospital readmission rate at Brigham and Women’s Hospital by nine percent over three years, according to a new paper published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. ...


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Care Coordination, Quality Projects Win HHS Innovation Awards

Several collaborative projects focused on improving care coordination and care quality are among the recipients of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards, Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this month.  The eighth annual award ceremony, held on June...

Ore. Accountable Care Organizations Continue to Boost Quality

Oregon’s network of sixteen coordinated care organizations (CCOs), similar to accountable care organizations springing up across the nation, are continuing their steady march towards improved quality and cost savings, the Oregon Health...

ACC: Care Coordination Vital for Chronic Disease Management

Policymakers and healthcare providers must focus on improving strategies for comprehensive care coordination if they are to make headway against the rising tide of chronic disease, says the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in a letter to...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Is a “Pragmatic” Shift in Care

Becoming a patient-centered medical home takes a great deal of hard work and a steady commitment to continual practice improvement.  To achieve the coveted Level III NCQA recognition, providers must operate at peak performance, leveraging...

Interoperability, Telehealth Key to Chronic Disease Management

The healthcare system must focus its efforts on improving health data interoperability, boosting patient engagement, and overhauling the nation’s telehealth policies if providers are to succeed with chronic disease management and better...

Patient Management, Attribution Program Expands Access to Care

While hospitals and health systems face numerous obstacles when it comes to caring for patients across a complex, convoluted continuum of care, sometimes the most challenging part of the process is ensuring that patients are able to make initial...

Three Outreach Strategies to Raise ACO Patient Engagement

A three-step strategy for beneficiary outreach can help to raise the level of patient engagement in an accountable care organization (ACO) environment, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Effective...

EHR Chronic Disease Management Tool Boosts Prescriptions by 40%

A simple EHR-based chronic disease management protocol developed by Kaiser Permanente to remind providers about the importance of managing co-morbidities in diabetes patients has increased the rate of prescriptions to lower cholesterol and blood...

mHealth Closing Knowledge Gaps for Chronic Disease Management

mHealth apps are becoming increasingly important in the fight against diabetes and complex patient engagement requirements of chronic disease management, says a new survey by Telcare, as providers attempt to provide patients with the tools they...

AMA’s Major Challenges: Chronic Disease Management, ICD-10, MU

The dual burdens of chronic disease management on patients and cumbersome regulation on providers are some of the primary challenges that need to be quickly and thoroughly addressed in the coming year, said outgoing American Medical Association...

Telehealth, Team-Based Care Coordination Key to 27% Savings

Healthcare providers have been going the distance to cut the huge costs associated with the growing epidemic of chronic diseases and a quickly aging population, but the answer to improved care coordination and reduced hospitalizations might be...

More Employers Tackling Population Health Management on Site

More and more patients who spend the majority of their waking hours at the office are getting access to primary care services and population health management programs without straying too far from the break room, says a new survey by Towers...

Medicare Data Reveals Trends in Utilization, Chronic Disease

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is doing its best to keep its commitment to data transparency alive by opening up a huge new store of information on hospital and physician service utilization.  The data, generated from Medicare...

North, South Carolina Partner for Chronic Disease Management

North and South Carolina are presenting a united front in the fight to improve chronic disease management throughout their shared territories with a $15.3 million collaborative grant intended to help reduce the burden of diabetes, hypertension,...

Anthem ACOs Save $7.9M with Population Health Management

Six medical groups participating in Anthem Blue Cross’ Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program were able to save $7.9 million in just one year by focusing on improving population health management for patients suffering multiple chronic...

$112M Grant from HHS, AHRQ to Help Hypertension, Stroke Care

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced $112 million in grant funding to support population health management programs related to the reduction of hypertension, heart attacks,...

Northwestern Receives $15M Population Health Management Grant

With a $15 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine will be leading a $15 million population health management research consortium focused on improving...

Predictive Analytics Identify High Risk Hepatitis C Patients

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a predictive analytics algorithm that uses basic EHR data to flag patients at high risk of developing complications from the hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a study published in...

Smart Pillbox Produces 80% Diabetic Medication Adherence Rate

Diabetic patients taking part in a telehealth program for chronic disease management experienced better blood glucose control and an 80 percent medication adherence rate when using a smart pillbox that alerted providers to their behavior patterns,...