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YMCA Diabetes Management Program Saves $1100 per Patient a Year

March 21, 2017 - The YMCA may not be a traditional healthcare provider, but its widely acclaimed diabetes management program sets a good example for organizations seeking innovative ways to boost patients’ chronic care skills while cutting costs. The program, which heavily influenced the new National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Medicare patients, has significantly lowered the rate of emergency...


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YMCA Diabetes Management Program Saves $1100 per Patient a Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

The YMCA may not be a traditional healthcare provider, but its widely acclaimed diabetes management program sets a good example for organizations seeking innovative ways to boost patients’ chronic care skills while cutting costs. The program,...

CMS Promotes Chronic Care Management with Provider Education

by Thomas Beaton

CMS and the HRSA are hoping to broaden the use of chronic care management strategies by delivering education and support to providers via its new Connected Care program.   The CMS Office of Minority Health and HRSA Federal Office of Rural...

AHA Debuts Cloud-Based Cardiac Precision Medicine Data Platform

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced the launch of its cloud-based precision medicine analytics platform, which will allow researchers to access large volumes of patient data on cardiovascular conditions and stroke. The Association...

SAMHSA Offers $142.9M in Grants for Substance Abuse Programs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently taking applications for participation in a new grant program that will offer up to $142.9 million to population health management programs looking to address...

Communities Tackle Opioid Abuse with EHRs, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The opioid abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities across the nation despite increased attention to physician prescribing habits, unauthorized drug access, and population health management strategies intended to reduce misuse of addictive...

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....

New Population Health Strategies Needed in $42.5B IT Market

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next five years, the population health management technology market is predicted to grow into a $42.54 billion opportunity, according to a Research and Markets report, but healthcare providers will need to adopt new care strategies at...

Chronic Care Management Improves Pediatric Outcomes by 20%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A comprehensive chronic care management program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) helped to significant raise performance on certain pediatric outcome measures and streamline quality improvement, says an article published in the Joint...

Specialists Get Higher Marks than PCPs for PCMH Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Primary care providers may not be providing all the benefits the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has to offer, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care, lagging behind their specialist peers in several measures of satisfaction...

Epic Systems Integrates Geisinger Population Health Toolkit

by Jennifer Bresnick

Care management content provided by xG Health Solutions, powered by Geisinger, will be available within Epic’s Healthy Planet product, allowing users to access evidence-based care guidelines, patient assessment frameworks, and care plans...

Cardiovascular Disease May Incur $1 Trillion in Costs by 2035

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next two decades, cardiovascular disease is likely to impact 45 percent of the United States population and generate more than $1.1 trillion in chronic disease management costs, acute care spending, and lost productivity per year, a...

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....

Genomics, Clinical Decision Support Combo Cuts ED Visits by 42%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers who combined genetic testing with a clinical decision support tool to treat home health patients using multiple medications were able to reduce hospital readmissions by 52 percent and cut ED visits by 42 percent, according to a study...

Using Machine Learning to Target Behavioral Health Interventions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Behavioral healthcare has been getting a great deal of attention lately from health IT experts, and not just because of a growing recognition that good mental health is key to improving overall patients outcomes.  Behavioral health is one...

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...

Gates Foundation Grants $279M to UW Population Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to invest $279 million in the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) to build on the school’s population health management research efforts....

PCORI Offers $200M in Grants for Patient-Centered Research

by Thomas Beaton

Patient-centered research projects are getting a significant financial boost early in the year thanks to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has allocated a total of $200 million for research proposals that compare...

44% of Payers, Providers Find Population Health Tools Effective

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management tools are getting a high approval rating from 44 percent of the payers and healthcare providers as they slowly embrace value-based payments and a more coordinated, preventive approach to patient care. Population health...

Online Population Health Tool Illuminates Socioeconomic Factors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare stakeholders looking for insight into the socioeconomic and environmental factors impacting the wellbeing of their populations can now turn to the City Health Dashboard, an online tool detailing the challenges of urban patients. Developed...

CMS Releases Medicare Opioid Prescribing Maps, Data Resources

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is continuing its data transparency push by releasing interactive, online visualizations of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates.  The map and accompanying datasets include prescribing information...

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