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AMA, AHA to Prioritize Hypertension, Chronic Disease Management

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As the “silver tsunami” of aging patients continues to make comprehensive chronic disease management difficult for healthcare providers, the American Medical Association and American Heart Association are targeting one of the conditions...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Cut Unneeded Angioplasty

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Unnecessary and rarely appropriate angioplasty procedures are occurring less often thanks to a concerted effort to educate providers about clinical guidelines for the cardiovascular treatment, says a study published this month in the Journal...

mHealth Apps are Common, but Patient Engagement Isn’t Sustained

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Can mHealth apps be useful tools for patient engagement and population health management if patients lose interest in using them?  A new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) shows that even patients who do see value...

What Makes for a Successful Accountable Care Organization?

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Medicare and private payers have both pinned a large part of their financial hopes on developing the accountable care organization, which aims to improve coordination, cut costs, and raise quality in a fiscally responsible – but somewhat...

Precision Medicine, Predictive Analytics to Flag PTSD Risks

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A new study from Geisinger Health hopes to engage precision medicine principles to predict mental and behavioral health risks for an oft-overlooked subset of the veteran population: National Guard and members and Reservists, who experience high...

Simple Healthcare Predictive Analytics Flag Elderly Fall Risk

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Healthcare payers looking to boost their quality scores only need a few easily accessible data points in order to accurately predict and reduce injuries from falls among elderly patients, says a study published this month in the American Journal...

Open EHR Notes Improve Medication Adherence, Engagement

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Providers may be able to improve medication adherence simply by showing patients their own data, according to a new two-year study conducted by Geisinger Health System.  Patients of primary care providers who embraced the “Open Notes”...

Navigating Value-Based Payment and Population Health Management

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Healthcare organizations navigating the transition to value-based care are faced with a dilemma: They must invest in the infrastructure for population health management (PHM) even as their fee-for-service (FFS) revenue drops. The key strategy...

Twitter, EHR Big Data Help Track Flu with Predictive Analytics

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Tweeting about the sniffles has never been so interesting – at least to computational epidemiologists at Boston’s Children Hospital, who are using non-traditional data sources like social media and internet searches in conjunction...

Gains in Longevity Slow Down for Most Chronic Diseases

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Despite an increased focus on preventative care and chronic disease management, gains in mortality rates are slowing down for most common conditions, and actually increasing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new data...

Population Health Management Requires Process, Payment Changes

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With the healthcare industry changing in a thousand different ways all at once, it’s often difficult for organizations to find an entry point into long-term strategic initiatives like population health management and accountable care. Providers...

Six Foundational Steps for Better Population Health Management

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As value-based reimbursement and accountable care continue their march towards dominance in the evolving healthcare ecosystem, robust and effective population health management techniques are quickly becoming a critical competency for primary...

Population Health Management High Priority for Providers

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Population health management is a healthcare delivery practice that aims to provide high-quality care to all populations by utilizing value-based payment approaches and patient-centered care. A recent study conducted by Healthagen’s Chief...

CMS’ Pioneer ACO Program Not Conducive to Small Hospitals

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Despite claims that accountable care organizations (ACOs) have tremendous benefits to the delivery of care, several participants in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Pioneer ACO Program have chosen to leave...

Cooperative Chronic Disease Management Aids Renal Patients

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Patients with more serious forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) benefit from a cooperative chronic disease management approach that integrates both primary care providers (PCPs) and nephrologists, according to a study published this month in...

Will Inadequate Metrics Doom the Accountable Care Organization?

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Accountable care organizations are all about the data.  Detailed quality reporting and cost benchmarking are the hallmarks of this value-based reimbursement model, and the carefully balanced system of risk, savings, performance, and quality...

Big Data Analytics Cuts Medicaid Opioid Abuse, Ups Patient Safety

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Opioid abuse is often described as an “epidemic” sweeping the nation, killing more than 15,000 patients each year and affecting the lives of a further two million Americans who abuse or depend on painkilling drugs. Like other chronic...

Predictive Analytics Flag Patient Medication Adherence Patterns

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Costing the healthcare industry nearly $337 billion in 2013, medication nonadherence is a serious problem in chronic disease management and population health management. Although it may seem impossible to control whether or not a patient takes...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Upkeep Costs $8000 per Month

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Maintaining the staffing and care coordination requirements of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) costs an average of $8600 per month, and even partial implementation of PCMH features can cost approximately $105,000 per full-time clinician...

Social, Behavioral Data Must Be Included in EHRs, Nurses Say

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Electronic health records are incomplete and potentially insufficient for use in population health management programs when they are missing social and behavioral data, states the American Academy of Nursing in a new policy brief and call to...

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