Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Accountable Care

EHR Socioeconomic Data a Must for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Socioeconomic data that helps to take the “vital signs” of a patient’s community must be integrated into the electronic health record if providers are to have a chance of implementing effective population health management strategies,...

Value-Based Care to Spur New Population Health Management Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based care and risk-based reimbursement contracts will continue to be a catalyst for the development and implementation of innovative population health management tools, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.  As providers...

Big Data Analytics Can Bring Visibility, Value to Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is often criticized for being ploddingly slow to innovate, reluctant to embrace new technologies, and unable to keep pace with quality measures and payment reforms intended to improve the quality of care.  The degree...

Do Providers Apply Population Health Management Inconsistently?

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is significant variation in the way individual practices select high-risk patients for participation in care management and population health management programs, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care,...

Adverse Events Reporting Standards Boost Patient Safety in PA

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has successfully standardized and improved its patient safety reporting procedures, according to a recent press release. On year ago, the Authority implemented 28 standards which sought to streamline...

More Hospitals Investing in Population Health Management Tools

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As the healthcare system transitions to value-based care, healthcare providers are reporting that population health management strategies are influencing quality care through retail care, health IT solutions, and improvements to supply chain...

MSSP ACOs Need Better Cost Data, Benchmarking for Success

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations will not be able to succeed long term without access to more detailed, localized, and targeted data sets and refined benchmarking frameworks, state a coalition of professional...

Quality Metrics, Data Analytics are Top Value-Based Care Fears

by Jennifer Bresnick

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” data analytics pros are prone to say, and nowhere is the phrase more appropriate than when discussing the healthcare industry’s transition to value-based care.  As...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Keeps Spending Low, Quality High

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues to show staying power as one of the healthcare industry’s most effective cost-cutting and quality-boosting initiatives, says the latest annual report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care...

CMS to Update to MSSP Accountable Care Organization Benchmarks

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is continuing to make much-needed tweaks to its healthcare reform programs, using a new proposed rule to tackle benchmarking issues with its Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organization framework. While the number...

Four Population Health Management Steps for Safety Net Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Achieving the Triple Aim of healthcare starts with a firm foundation in patient-centered population health management, which can help to improve patient satisfaction and lower unnecessary spending.  But providers across the care continuum,...

How Accountable Care Impacts Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s no secret that value-based reimbursement and population health management go hand-in-hand as two of the primary drivers of quality reform, but it hasn’t always been easy to get providers to embrace the risk involved in making...

What are the Biggest Population Health Management Pain Points?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management, health data interoperability, and accountable care may take first, second, and third place on the list of pressing priorities for the healthcare industry, but that doesn’t mean they are having an easy time...

How the Patient-Centered Medical Home “Repackages” Primary Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry operates in a unique economic niche where the “what you see is what you get” principle that governs most other consumer interactions only vaguely applies.  Patients often walk into the consult room with...

CMS Gets “Deadly Serious” About Interoperability as MU Fades

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the JP Morgan Annual Health Care Conference this week, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt offered the healthcare industry something very rare: a straightforward, plain-talking look into its immediate regulatory future. After years of back-and-forth...

Why Mental Healthcare is Key to Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is an odd division in the healthcare world that creates an unfortunate schism between the clinical care of a patient and his mental and behavioral wellbeing.  Even as population health management programs grow and expand, forging new...

HHS, CMS Announce Accountable Care Organization Growth Plans

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accountable care organization (ACO) programs are growing larger than ever before, according to a press release from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The programs will...

RAND: Patient-Centered Medical Home May Cost $147K Per Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

Are the potential savings and patient care benefits of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) worth the costs?  RAND Corporation is weighing in on the eternal debate over the benefits and drawbacks of implementing the innovative care framework...

CMS Offers $157M to Fund Community Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Recognizing the need to integrate the social and community needs of patients into population health management on a broader scale, CMS has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity to bolster innovative strategies for helping to address...

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Physicians and Health IT Pros

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s that time of the year again: time to finish up the last of the Christmas cookies, regret making plans to attend an overpriced New Year’s Eve event, and scribble down those resolutions you absolutely, positively, definitely promise...

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