Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

Understanding the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is one of healthcare’s most popular designations, serving as a way for primary care organizations to codify and implement population health management programs, care coordination tactics, and the principles...

PCORI Grants $64 Million to Population Health Research Projects

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved $64.1 million in funding to support five population health research projects hoping to improve patient-centered care across the healthcare industry. The awards are the first...

CMS Offers New Accountable Care Payment Model for Oncologists

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is already making good on its commitment to expanding accountable care by announcing new opportunities for value-based reimbursement for oncologists.  Providers participating in the new Oncology Care Model (OCM) will receive bundled payments...

90% of Medicare Will Be Value-Based Reimbursement by 2018

by Jennifer Bresnick

Existing accountable care organizations will be getting a great deal of company within the next few years thanks to an ambitious HHS timeline that hopes to see 90% of traditional Medicare payments transformed into value-based reimbursement, through...

PA Partners Will Use EHR Data Analytics to Improve Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Johns Hopkins and Allegheny Health Network will leverage EHR data analytics and clinical trials to improve cancer care. An expanded collaboration between Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Health, and Johns Hopkins Medicine will focus on using...

Most States Lack Transparent Physician Quality Reporting Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of US states received a failing grade for patient access to complete, accurate, and transparent physician quality reporting data, found the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3).  Only ten states ranked higher...

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...

Public Reporting Influences Perceptions of Hospital Quality

by Stephanie Reardon

More than 70 percent of hospitals confirmed that public reporting stimulated quality improvement activity in their institution. Local hospital quality planning and improvement efforts are strongly influenced by the measures reported on the Medicare...

Patient Safety, Hospital Quality Improve by 17% in Three Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thanks to patient safety improvement efforts, hospital-acquired conditions and preventable deaths have shown significant declines in the past few years. A strong focus on improving patient safety and hospital quality through value-based reimbursement...

Care Quality Tops Expenses for Patients Seeking Physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

Forty-two percent of patients now use online reviews to judge a provider’s listening skills, office environment, and care quality. Nearly half of patients would be willing to potentially spend more money to go out of their insurance coverage...

Healthcare Quality, Cost Data Websites Fall Short for Consumers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The suite of CMS Compare websites lacks meaningful healthcare quality and cost information for Medicare patients, GAO states in a new report. CMS could be doing a better job in presenting healthcare quality and cost data to Medicare beneficiaries,...

Big Data, Clinical Analytics Will Produce Quality Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The adoption of health IT infrastructure, including EHRs, clinical analytics, and health information exchange, is the foundation of a higher quality, safer, more efficient healthcare ecosystem, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) asserts...

Nursing Quality Analytics Data Can Raise Patient Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

While a great deal of attention in the clinical analytics world is focused on decision support and quality assessments for physicians who must order treatments and conduct procedures, nurses are often the ones who have to make clinical decisions...

37% of Hospitals Get Top Quality Marks from The Joint Commission

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital quality has improved steadily over the past few years, The Joint Commission says in its latest report identifying top performing hospitals. More than a third of the nation’s hospitals that report accountability measure performance...

Advanced EHR Use Brings 27% Decline in Patient Safety Errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

A drastic reduction in patient safety errors can be attributed to the use of advanced EHR systems, a Pennsylvania study finds. The implementation and use of advanced EHR systems in Pennsylvania hospitals has produced a 27% decline in negative...

Ethnicity Plays Important Role in Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

For effective population health management, providers should be wary of putting distinct ethnic and cultural groups under a single label. Population health management involved viewing larger groups of patients as a whole, but widening the lens...

Does Accountable Care Improve Hospital Quality for Minorities?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Pay-for-performance reimbursement structures are associated with gains in quality and reduced mortality for minority patients, says a new study. Accountable care and value-based incentives are sweeping through the healthcare industry at a rapid...

Drexel, Independence Blue Cross Team Up for Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers in the Philadelphia area will focus on chronic disease management, population health, and quality improvements. Drexel University and Independence Blue Cross have announced a population health management research partnership that...

OIG to Review Hospital Quality, Population Health in 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

OIG oversight will ensure that public health agencies are utilizing resources appropriately while providing high quality services. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will continue to make reviews of public health organizations and population...

Can Analytics Help False Hand Hygiene Reporting to Come Clean?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic hand hygiene compliance can provide better data analytics to tackle a constant threat to patient safety. Reported hand hygiene rates are notoriously much higher than the actual rate of compliance, but data analytics and electronic...

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