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NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

May 10, 2017 - In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity to exercise these qualities in response to an avalanche of changes to their profession.  EHR adoption, meaningful use, MACRA, the Affordable...


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NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

Penn Med. Population Health Analytics Dashboard Wins ECRI Prize

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health analytics dashboard that brings big data to the point of care has secured the ECRI Institute’s 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. The health IT tool, called...

Patient Safety Errors are Common with Electronic Health Record Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health record users are highly prone to making medication errors that negatively impact patient safety, says the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in a recent report.  Close to 70 percent of all medication errors reach the...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization costs....

NCQA Revamps Patient-Centered Medical Home to Ease Adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

NCQA has announced a redesign of its popular patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition program that will lower the burdens of adoption and upkeep for primary care providers. The new patient-centered medical home process promotes flexibility...

AMA: Physicians Love Their Jobs Despite EHR, Financial Woes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physician dissatisfaction might not be quite as rampant as EHR naysayers are apt to believe, according to new survey results from the American Medical Association.  Despite the challenges brought on by regulatory and reimbursement changes,...

Big Data Analytics Link Economic Wellness to Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health and economic prosperity are intrinsically linked, according to a new nationwide analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association, giving healthcare providers an even greater incentive to deliver holistic, preventive...

ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

by Jennifer Bresnick

As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released...

30-Day Patient Mortality Rates Drop During Hospital Inspections

by Jennifer Bresnick

30-day patient mortality rates notably drop in hospitals experiencing surprise quality inspections conducted by The Joint Commission (TJC), says an article from JAMA Internal Medicine, indicating that clinicians may not always be on their absolute...

Incomplete Population Health Data Exacerbates Care Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Managed care policymakers do not have access to enough clean, complete, and accurate socioeconomic and population health data on the millions of patients depending on public insurance programs for care, according to a new article in Health Affairs....

EHR, CPOE “Value Chain” Begins and Ends with Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has had a difficult time finding value in electronic health records and other health IT tools, including computerized provider order entry (CPOE).  Despite claims that electronic documentation can improve patient...

Value-Based Payment Ups Adherence to Mental Health Guidelines

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers receiving value-based payments are more likely to adhere to evidence-based population health management guidelines for depression than their fee-for-service peers, says a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care....

Enthusiasm for Cutting Admissions May Harm Medicare Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing the number of hospital admissions resulting from emergency department visits is a major cost-cutting goal for healthcare organizations, but Medicare patients may not benefit much from the indiscriminate application of this policy. New...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of patients know that vaccines play a critically important role in population health management by protecting children against serious communicable diseases.  But fewer realize that regular adult immunizations are similarly...

Avoidable Admissions for Long-Term Care Dual Eligibles Down 31%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Avoidable hospital admissions for long-term care residents eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have dropped by 31 percent over the past five years thanks to improvements in patient safety and the adoption of population health management techniques....

Sepsis “Sniffer” Brings Predictive Analytics to Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis stinks, but the Sepsis “Sniffer” Algorithm (SSA), a predictive analytics tool developed at the Mayo Clinic, is a promising tool for helping clinicians identify high-risk patients more quickly an accurately than manual methodologies....

CMS Finalizes Annual List of Value-Based Care Quality Measures

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has put the finishing touches on its yearly list of quality measures under consideration for use in Medicare value-based care purchasing programs, the agency announced this week.  The list, published in conjunction with the National...

Surgeon General, Healthcare Orgs Pledge to Tackle Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare stakeholders are coming together in the fight to overcome opioid abuse, one of the most significant public health crises to hit the nation in recent memory.  Claiming dozens of lives each day, opioid abuse often begins with a...

Using Big Data Analytics, Systems Engineering to Tackle Sepsis

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis is a silent and shockingly effective killer, causing mortality in close to a third of patients, but researchers at North Carolina State University are planning to make big data analytics an even more powerful force than this insidious,...

AMA, MSMS Partnership Promotes Diabetes Management in Michigan

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) are teaming up to improve diabetes management and prevent the development of chronic disease in pre-diabetic patients.  The partnership will attempt to reach approximately...

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