Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

1304 Health Centers Share $100M in Quality Improvement Funds

August 24, 2016 - More than 1300 health centers across the country will be splitting $100 million in HHS grant funding to drive quality improvements, health IT adoption, and other patient-centered practice transformation efforts.  The grants, announced last week by HHS Acting Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Wakefield, will be distributed to health centers in all 50 states the District of Columbia, the five US...


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Regional Variation Points Out Value of Antibiotic Stewardship

by Nathan Boroyan

Health plans are not exhibiting uniformly high rates of performance on clinical quality measures related to antibiotic use, according to a new study from the American Journal of Managed Care, indicating an increased need for standardized antibiotic...

Healthcare Big Data Silos Prevent Delivery of Coordinated Care

by Brent Clough

Complaints about silos in healthcare are nothing new. For a patient to fill a single prescription, there are several disconnected groups that need to work together to move the process forward. The specialist and the primary doctor have to connect...

CMS Allows Orgs to Share and Sell Medicare, Private Claims Data

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As part of its broader initiative to enact healthcare reform under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), CMS has announced a final rule that will expand access to the claims data required for the big data analytics that power...

Quality Metrics, Big Data Woes Make Value-Based Care Difficult

by Jennifer Bresnick

Overly complex clinical quality measures, inadequate health information exchange, and poorly designed EHR interfaces are just some of the challenges providers face when trying to make decisions about an individual’s care or meet value-based...

UMass Receives $6.4M for Surgical Clinical Decision Support

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded a $6.4 million grant to researchers at UMass Medical School to develop a web-based clinical decision support tool that uses patient-generated data to improve the quality of...

Population Health Management More Complex for Rural Children

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare organizations may need to reevaluate their population health management strategies when it comes to children who live in rural areas. A recent study in the May edition of Pediatrics found that rural children are more likely to develop...

Incomplete Data Leads to Underestimates of Patient Safety Deaths

by Jennifer Bresnick

Approximately 250,000 patients are known to die from human mistakes, diagnostic errors, system failures, and preventable patient safety events each year, according to new data from Johns Hopkins, making known medical errors the nation’s...

$200K in Grants Boost Radiology Big Data Analytics Research

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Radiation Oncology Institute aims to support radiation oncology research by offering $200,000 in competitive grants to qualifying projects that use big data analytics to improve cancer patient outcomes, reported the organization in an official...

Can a 4-Question Survey Improve Chronic Disease Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

A simple patient survey with no more than four questions may be all it takes to help providers get a handle on basic chronic disease management, according to a new study backed by a cross-industry collaboration. The Healthy Days survey, developed...

How to Participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers may not always jump for joy when thinking about their participation in one or more of CMS’ plethora of quality reporting programs, but performance measurement initiatives are an inescapable part of practicing modern...

CDC Announces Eight Patient Safety Improvement Awards

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Eight hospitals and healthcare systems have been recognized as 2015 Healthcare-Associated Venous-Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their patient safety initiatives that reduced the rate of HA-VTE, according to a recent press release....

Preventable Diabetes Care Costs Total $16 Billion Per Year

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent study by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) revealed that the healthcare system spends an estimated $16 billion each year on preventable conditions and services for the chronic disease management of diabetes in the...

CMS Funds Big Data Analytics Projects for Quality Improvement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program has established new funding opportunities for projects that use big data analytics to improve quality of care, reduce healthcare costs, and expand the scale of smaller quality improvement...

Can Big Data Analytics Improve Medication Non-Adherence?

by Sara Heath

Integrated big data analytics may be the next big thing in mitigating issues with medication non-adherence, according to a new study published in JMIR Medical Informatics. A research team led by Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, studied a group of Type...

Limits of Big Data Analytics Pose Challenges to Patient Safety

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found hospitals face three major challenges with implementing evidence-based patient safety practices, including limitations with integrating, sharing, and analyzing big data....

5 Ways to Turn Chronic Disease Management Knowledge into Action

by Jennifer Bresnick

In order to cut the skyrocketing costs of chronic disease management and reduce the burdens of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and other conditions on the patient population, providers must take advantage of opportunities to translate the healthcare...

Early Follow-Up Cardiac Care Cuts 30-Day Readmissions by 19%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who follow up with their care providers within one week of ending a hospital stay for heart failure are 19 percent less likely to experience a 30-day readmission than patients who are left alone for longer periods.  "Heart...

How Big Data Analytics Can Boost Provider Autonomy, Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

If there’s one thing that the healthcare system has learned since the beginning of the EHR adoption tidal wave, it’s that big data isn’t always better data.  When deployed effectively, big data analytics can deliver staggeringly...

AMGA Launches Chronic Disease Management Goals for Diabetes

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Foundation recently launched the Diabetes: Together 2 Goal campaign, an initiative to improve chronic disease management for Type 2 diabetes in the United States. The program is a three-year national...

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