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Specialists Get Higher Marks than PCPs for PCMH Satisfaction

February 17, 2017 - 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 and care delivery. While the parents of pediatric patients are generally happy with the quality of care they receive from both specialists and...


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Cardiovascular Disease May Incur $1 Trillion in Costs by 2035

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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...

Why Value-Based Care Must Inspire Partnerships, Data Exchange

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The only constant in the healthcare industry is change, but many providers are still working on their ability to keep up with the latest developments in population health management, value-based reimbursement, health information exchange, and...

Three Finalists Named for $100,000 Population Health Prize

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Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health have announced the final three organizations vying for the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize for population health management achievements. The three finalists include the American Heart...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

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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...

95% See Population Health as Critical, but Worry about Payment

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While the vast majority of healthcare organizations view population health management as a critical part of their financial future, providers are experiencing several challenges as they try to implement these strategies, including policy and...

Cancer Mortality Rates See 20% Drop, but Disparities Remain

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Cancer mortality rates have decreased nationally by more than 20 percent since 1980, yet local “hotspots” of disparities remain in certain communities, says an article published in JAMA this month. After reviewing more than 19.5 million...

Gates Foundation Grants $279M to UW Population Health Program

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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....

44% of Payers, Providers Find Population Health Tools Effective

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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...

Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%

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The rate of kidney failure in Native American adults with diabetes has dropped by 54 percent between 1996 and 2013 thanks to the implementation of proactive, patient-centered population health management programs, said the Centers for Disease...

Online Population Health Tool Illuminates Socioeconomic Factors

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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

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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...

CMS: Patient-Centered Care Strategies Can Combat Opioid Abuse

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A concerted, industry-wide effort to curb the impacts of opioid abuse on millions of Americans must start with taking a hard look at prescribing practices and focusing more intently on personalized patient-centered care, CMS said in a blog post...

New Geisinger Med School Has Population Health, Genomics Focus

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To ring in the New Year, Geisinger Health System CEO Dr. David T. Feinberg announced the opening of The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA, at 12:01 AM. The school debuts with programs that focus on improving community...

Epic, Cerner Get Middling Marks on Population Health Management

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Despite their dominance in the electronic health record market, providers seeking for comprehensive population health management solutions may not get the best bargain out of an Epic Systems or Cerner Corporation product, according to a new report...

HHS Taps 8 States for Behavioral Healthcare Integration Demo

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Continuing its push to improve the overall health of vulnerable populations by integrating physical and behavioral healthcare, HHS has announced that eight states will participate in its newest care coordination effort. The two-year Certified...

Dental Care is the Missing Piece of Population Health Management

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The care continuum may be drawing closer together as value-based care creates new business cases for population health management, yet one segment of the healthcare delivery system has been chronically left out of the loop.  Though they...

Time Needed to Improve Quality in Value-Based Care Programs

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Sustained value-based care program participation is key to realizing greater quality improvements for high-need patients that have two or more chronic conditions, a new American Journal of Managed Care study found. The study of Blue Cross...

Hospitals Face Higher Costs, More ED Visits from Opioid Abuse

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Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the nation’s most pressing population health management issues, not only because of its toll on patients, but increasingly because of the financial impact on hospitals and the rest of the healthcare...

Medicaid Savings Require Integrated Physical, Mental Healthcare

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Integrated population health management strategies are foundational for cutting costs and improving outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex behavioral, clinical, and mental healthcare needs, the Anthem Public Policy Institute states...

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