Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Accountable Care

WellPoint to give bonuses for standard cancer treatment plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Personalized medicine?  Not if you want to make an extra $350 a month, WellPoint, Inc. is telling oncologists.  The insurer will be offering a financial incentive for each patient who is put on one of the payer’s recommended regimens for...

Telehealth is important link for safety net population health

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much has been made of the ability to use tablets and smartphones to reach into the daily lives of patients and connect them to preventative or ongoing care, the truth is that some of the most vulnerable and high-risk patients are among...

Accountable care requires outreach and a commitment to change

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to a report released late last month, shared savings among Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) have topped $380 million in their first year of operation, and the network of above-and-beyond Pioneer ACOs are responsible...

CMS: Help us reform payments to better manage chronic disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is asking for a little help with its quest to align Medicare reimbursement with quality outcomes, and has released a request for information (RFI) inviting providers to contribute their thoughts.  As diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and...

WHO: Battle against cancer requires better preventative care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Worldwide cancer rates are predicted to rise 57% over the next two decades, says the 2014 World Cancer Report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), unless providers can improve early...

Care coordination bill would aid chronic disease management

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new bill simultaneously introduced into the House and the Senate is taking aim at Medicare patients living with multiple chronic diseases.  In an effort to save money for the healthcare system and provide higher quality care for the sickest...

Seven health IT questions to improve pay for performance

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Pay-for-performance is completely changing the way payers and health provider networks must work together.  The traditional one-way transaction-based communication approach is no longer effective. Care-quality initiatives, cost savings,...

IL Medicaid experiments with pop. health, clinical integration

by Jennifer Bresnick

Illinois’ State Medicaid programs are experimenting with accountable care initiatives including more robust population health management and a focus on care coordination and clinical integration in order to cut costs and better serve its...

ONC pushes “paradigm shift” to support patient-centered care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is heading into a new era with the appointment of new chief Karen DeSalvo, and is also taking a big step towards patient-centered accountable care with a new “Person @ Center” roadmap.  In a recent...

Evidence for PCMH success builds with lower costs, ED visits

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model has been proven successful in reducing overall healthcare spending, unnecessary emergency department visits, and inpatient admissions in 61% of peer-reviewed cases while improving overall population...

Clinical, performance analytics key to accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health IT that enables clinical, financial, and performance analytics is critical to the success of accountable care, according to IDC Health Insights.  Providers can no longer just rely on their EHRs as a primary technological tool to drive...

Video discharge notes 3.5 times more effective for patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients and caregivers who are given video instructions upon leaving the emergency department are 3.5 times more likely to understand and retain the information given to them about their care than patients who are only given written instructions,...

Why are hospitals wary of accountable care organizations?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The march of the accountable care organization (ACO) might not be as inexorable as many experts have predicted, according to a new survey conducted by Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA), which found that nearly half of hospital executives have...

30-day readmissions drop by 20% with care transition planning

by Jennifer Bresnick

Three communities in New York State saw a dramatic drop in the number of preventable 30-day readmissions among their Medicare populations after focusing on better planning and communication during transitions of care.  During the 19th Annual Institute...

Indiana-Purdue gets $2M for population health, efficient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has received a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to support the work of a team from the School of Informatics and Computing intending to research how patients...

UPenn EHR analytics tool predicts risk of 30-day readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have successfully deployed a predictive analytics tool that can be integrated into an EHR in order to identify patients at high risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.  The team...

58% of hospitals have population health goals in sight

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals are moving ahead with population health management initiatives and preparations for value-based payments, according to a new survey of 541 hospitals by The Governance Institute.  Nearly 60% have started to build a technical infrastructure...

Wake Forest, Cornerstone Health partner for data analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Two North Carolina health systems, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Cornerstone Health Care, are partnering to increase their strategic ability to improve their services through accountable care.  By using population health management...

Can cost clarity marry revenue analytics and accountable care?

by Jennifer Bresnick

In healthcare, as in burger chains across the country, “bigger is better” is a credo that rings true in more ways than one.  And like those burger chains, hospitals sometimes feel that transparency about what goes into the end...

Quality-based payment adjustments pile up for hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is getting serious about using financial penalties to nudge hospitals towards higher quality of care with a slew of payment adjustments starting to pile up in the next few years.  Hospitals have already been affected by two years of...


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