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Humana Refines Diabetes Risk Stratification Tool Using ICD-10

April 28, 2017 - In an effort to improve the delivery of targeted chronic disease management services to diabetes patients, Humana has revamped its Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) risk stratification tool to use ICD-10 codes, the payer detailed in a recent journal article. The study, published in March in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, outlines Humana’s efforts to integrate...


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Humana Refines Diabetes Risk Stratification Tool Using ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to improve the delivery of targeted chronic disease management services to diabetes patients, Humana has revamped its Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) risk stratification tool to use ICD-10 codes, the payer detailed in...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

Cherokees Sue McKesson, CVS, Wal-Mart for Lax Opioid Monitoring

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit in tribal court against several large pharmacy chains and healthcare providers for their alleged role in allowing opioids to flood into Native American communities, contributing to the widespread epidemic...

HHS Distributes $458M in 21st Century Cures Opioid Abuse Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS is planning to boost the fight against opioid abuse and addiction on a large scale by preparing to disburse $485 million in grant funding to all 50 states and every US territory.  The funding stems from the 21st Century Cures Act and...

AMA: Real EHR Data in Med School Will Boost “Informatics IQ”

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is continuing its efforts to modernize the medical school experience by partnering with the Regenstrief Institute to integrate electronic health records more deeply into physician education. As part of the AMA’s...

CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care for veterans,...

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....

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The five-year...

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...

Population Health Management Could Cut US Disability Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government agencies search for more creative ways to reduce spending on public and private benefits programs, they may not have to look much further than the basics of population health management....

Web-Based Health Risk Assessments Accurately Flag Depression

by Jennifer Bresnick

Web-based health risk assessments (HRAs) are an accurate and cost-effective way to screen patients for depression, finds a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, allowing healthcare providers to proactively stratify high-risk...

IBM Watson Gets SNOMED CT Infusion to Enhance Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM Watson is continuing its extensive medical education by adopting the SNOMED-CT clinical concept coding system to enhance its machine learning and data analytics.  The partnership between IBM Watson Health and SNOMED International, the...

CT Medical Society Announces New Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Three years after Connecticut shut down its attempt at a regional health information exchange, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is taking another crack at improving interoperability and data analytics across the state – but this...

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...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

Lack of Talent, Direction Afflict Healthcare Data Analytics Plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are eager to dive into big data analytics projects that improve clinical quality and reduce inefficiencies, but a chronic lack of qualified talent, concerns about interoperability, and uncertainty over where to start...

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...

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,...

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...

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