Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

How Effective is mHealth for Chronic Disease Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Care coordinators and population health managers are starting to develop a wide array of technology-based tools to help meet the growing demand for chronic disease management outside of the office walls. The rise of the smartphone may be the...

Illinois Health Information Exchange Hits 1 Million Records

by Jennifer Bresnick

The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange has accomplished in six months what many other HIEs are still trying to achieve: the secure exchange of data covering one million patient lives in its designated local region.  The Illinois-based...

PCMH Care Coordination Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing cooperative, community-based post-discharge care coordination for elderly patients can help to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, finds a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Patients aged 60...

39M Medicare Patients Received Free Preventative Care in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thirty-nine million Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries received at least one preventative care service with no cost sharing in 2014 as a produce of the Affordable Care Act, HHS said in a press release today.  As population health...

Why EHR Adoption in the ED is Crucial for Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite generally high levels of EHR adoption among larger hospitals and physician practices, thanks to the goading of the EHR Incentive Programs, emergency departments (EDs) continue to struggle not only to implement EHR software, but to use...

CMS Seeks Comment on PCMH, Care Coordination, ACOs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on its advanced primary care models intended to provide better care coordination, more personalized attention, and better overall population health management throughout...

Are Patients, Providers in Sync with Patient Engagement?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients, providers, and healthcare reformers seem to be in completely different worlds when it comes to patient engagement.  While health IT is proliferating, albeit it slowly, in healthcare organizations of all sizes and types, the majority...

Patient Engagement a Low Priority for Healthcare Organizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite being touted as a major part of the healthcare reform puzzle, patient engagement is not high on the priority lists of provider organizations, claims a new report by Chillmark Research.  With many organizations relying on basic patient...

HCA: Obamacare Brings Accountable Care, Patient Responsibility

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit healthcare provider in the country, is coming out in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s attempt to expand insurance coverage to the majority of American patients.  Obamacare,...

CMS to Cover Lung Cancer Screenings, Promote Patient Registries

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare has finalized its decision to cover yearly CT scans for older adults at risk for lung cancer, making the integration of population health management into the routine workflow just that much more enticing for physicians.  Heavy smokers...

Foundation Funds $5.7M Population Health Management Playbook

by Jennifer Bresnick

The de Beaumont Foundation has committed $5.76 million to continue the development of population health management by working with industry leaders to expand the reach and mission of The Practical Playbook initiative. The Playbook provides healthcare...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Reduces Cost, Raises Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an effective way to reduce healthcare spending while raising quality indicators, says the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) in a new report.  The organization’s annual review of...

Virtual Clipboard to Tackle Patient Matching, Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether visiting a physician’s office for a simple cough, making a beeline for urgent care, or signing in to the hospital for an elective procedure, one part of the patient experience is nearly always the same: the ritual handoff of the pen...

Big Data Analytics Pin Colon Cancer Deaths on Care Variations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Variations in care that deviate from evidence-based guidelines may be responsible for a disproportionate number of colon cancer deaths among African American patients, according to a new study from Stanford University.  Using big data analytics...

14% of Patients Avoid Chronic Disease Management Due to Cost

by Jennifer Bresnick

Fourteen percent of American adults, or more than 16.4 million patients, have avoided seeing a physician for chronic disease management care in the past twelve months due to the cost of such a visit, finds a survey from Harris Poll and SCIO Health...

CMS: Population Health Management Reduces Admissions, ER Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Two population health management initiatives that focus on increasing the use of primary care providers have reaped significant results for patients, says CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway.  The Comprehensive...

EHR Referral Program Speeds Patient Care Coordination at UVA

by Jennifer Bresnick

A three-year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is bringing electronic patient care coordination to the University of Virginia Health System (UVA).  As one of five academic medical centers piloting eConsults and eReferrals...

Patient-Generated Health Data, mHealth Can Improve Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient-generated health data, and the ability of healthcare providers to accept, view, exchange, and use such data to make better treatment decisions, are some of the most crucial pieces of a coordinated and effective care team, write Michael...

EHRs Don’t Do Enough for Care Coordination, Docs Say

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trying to improve patient care coordination and clinical communication through current EHR systems is frustrating and difficult, according to the majority of physicians in a new Spyglass Consulting Group survey, and healthcare organizations are...

Care Coordination Hampered by Inadequate Discharge Summaries

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals do not always provide complete, timely, and accurate discharge summaries to physicians in order to improve patient care coordination for those with heart failure, finds a new study from Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,...

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