Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

$10 Medication Adherence Intervention May Reap 98% Return

by Jennifer Bresnick

A medication adherence intervention targeted towards Medicaid children with asthma that costs just ten dollars per month could substantially increase use of daily corticosteroid therapy while saving millions for managed care plans and state Medicaid...

What Medication Adherence Factors Can Health Plans Control?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare payers and prescription plan administrators may have more power than they think when it comes to improving medication adherence among diabetic seniors, according to research from Kaiser Permanente, and exercising that power may be...

AMA, CDC Launch Joint Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Effort

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control have announced the launch of a new Type 2 diabetes prevention effort targeted at the thirty percent of Americans affected by pre-diabetes.  In a press conference this week,...

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...

92% of Providers to Use CMS Chronic Disease Management Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than ninety percent of healthcare providers are planning to use the new chronic disease management reimbursement structure offered by CMS in 2015, finds a survey from Kryptiq.  The poll of nearly 200 providers indicates widespread interest...

Two-Thirds of Patients Willing to use mHealth, Engage Online

by Stephanie Reardon

Sixty-six percent of Americans would like to use a mobile health (mHealth) app for their health-related problems, according to the Makovsky/Kelton fifth annual “Pulse of Online Health”survey . The results show Americans are moving toward...

Million Hearts Picks 30 Population Health Management Winners

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thirty healthcare providers across the nation have been recognized as Hypertension Control Champions for their commitment to the Million Hearts Challenge, a population health management program aimed at lowering rates of heart attack and stroke....

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...

Clinical Analytics, Risk Scores Support Diabetes Interventions

by Jennifer Bresnick

When it comes to diabetes, chronic disease management can’t be a one-size-fits-all proposition, says a team of researchers from the University of Michigan, VA Ann Arbor Health System, and Tufts Medical Center.  In a study published in the...

Physicians Don’t Always Want or Use Medication Adherence Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians aren’t entirely willing to accept the idea that pouring patient data into their EHRs is an effective way to manage population health, according to a new survey about medication adherence conducted by HealthPrize.  Providers...

Medication Non-Adherence Brings Millions in Avoidable Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers aren’t the only ones impacted by the intractable problem of medication non-adherence for patients suffering from common chronic diseases, says a new white paper by Healthentic: the costs of preventable hospitalizations...

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...

Chronic Disease Management Lowers Heart Failure Hospital Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Better chronic disease management for heart failure patients with one or more comorbidities can lower the risk of those patients ending up back in the hospital after an acute event, finds a study from the American Journal of Managed Care.  While...

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,...

Chronic Disease Management Complicated by Economic Insecurity

by Jennifer Bresnick

Economic insecurity has a significant effect on chronic disease management and diabetes control, a new study finds. Proper chronic disease management for diabetes is significantly more difficult for patients facing economic insecurity that makes...

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...

Medicaid Raises Wellbeing, But Not Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The value of Medicaid might not lie in chronic disease management, but the program can raise other quality of life and health factors. Patients with Medicaid coverage may not be much better off in the chronic disease management or physical health...

FDA Approves Blood Test that Predicts Coronary Heart Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

A blood test that is particularly effective for predicting the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) in black women has passed the FDA’s approval process.  The screening detects levels of a biological marker associated with vascular...

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...

Predictive Risk Score Targets Highest Cost Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Predictive risk scores that target expensive patients with chronic diseases can help to make interventions more effective. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a predictive risk score that flags patients likely to incur...

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