Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

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,...

CMS Quality Strategy Aims for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to population health management for its beneficiaries as well as the public at large, CMS authors state in a perspective piece published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. ...

Better Patient-Centered Care Needed for Chronic Pain Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) recommend an increase in patient-centered care techniques to help manage more than 100 million Americans experiencing chronic pain.  As the danger of overdoses and deaths from opioid abuse becomes a nation-wide...

89 Accountable Care Organizations Join Medicare Savings Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations (ACOs) will take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2015, CMS says. The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will be expanding significantly with the addition of 89 new accountable...

Hepatitis C Patients Often Lost along Continuum of Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The continuum of care is failing many hepatitis C patients who do not complete recommended care and treatment protocols. Hepatitis C patients often drop off the radar of healthcare organizations along the continuum of care before receiving adequate...

Patient Engagement Starts with Providers Talking about Portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers must take the lead in educating their patients about the existence, use, and benefits of online portals if they wish to reap the rewards of a knowledgeable patient who is active in her own care, finds the most recent annual survey from...

30-Day Readmissions for CHF Cut in Half with Remote Monitoring

by Jennifer Bresnick

Unplanned 30-day readmissions can be significantly reduced through care coordination, telehealth, and remote monitoring. Remote patient monitoring has been instrumental in cutting 30-day readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure...

“Virtual Clipboard” to Streamline Patient Intake Data Workflow

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient intake has been one of the last paper-bound holdouts in healthcare, but that may soon change as stakeholders collaborate on a “virtual clipboard” project. A number of prominent healthcare organizations, including HIMSS, WEDI,...

UnitedHealthcare Expands Bundled Payments for Cancer Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Bundled payments for cancer care aim to reduce costs, improve standardization of treatments, and encourage transparency. UnitedHealthcare is expanding its bundled payments program for cancer treatments as part of its continued push towards bringing...

Poor Medication Reconciliation Puts 60% of Opioid Users at Risk

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic monitoring of opioid prescription data can improve medication reconciliation and reduce patient safety risks. Close to 60% of patients who are taking opioids for pain medication are also taking additional drugs that present serious...

Automated Care Coordination is $9000 Cheaper than Nurses

by Jennifer Bresnick

Automated phone calls are cheaper than human labor for patient follow-up, but may not be equally effective. Patient follow-up programs that use automated telephone interactions to promote care coordination are significantly less expensive and...

How Do Public Health Orgs Inform Population Health Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Public health departments are experts at population health management. What can healthcare providers learn from their efforts? Hospitals, health systems, and physician providers aren’t the only organizations heavily invested in population health...

HHS Awards $36.3M to Providers for Population Health, EHR Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS has splashed out on more than $36 million to recognize high quality population health management and improvements in clinical quality. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the distribution of $36.3 million in Affordable...

Colorado Payers Build Online Care Coordination Portal

by Jennifer Bresnick

A centralized patient data portal will help Colorado providers with care coordination and population health management. A coalition of seven health plans in Colorado are creating an easier way for physicians to use healthcare data for care coordination...

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