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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...

CVS Health Launches Pharmacy-Based Diabetes Management Program

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Patients in search of better diabetes management skills will be able to take advantage of advanced data analytics, connected devices, and personalized coaching to cultivate self-care competencies at CVS Health pharmacies.  The retail chain...

4 Partnership Steps for Addressing Social Determinates of Health

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A successful population health management program must be built on strong, engaging, and collaborative community partnerships in order to tackle the social determinates of health for needy patients, says a new report by the Advisory Board Company....

Groups Laud Health IT, Public Health Clauses of 21st Century Cures Act

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UPDATE: President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act may have been primarily billed as a research stimulus package aimed at expanding the nation’s investment in precision medicine...

Patient-Reported Outcomes Use Relies on Health IT Usability

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While patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data may not detract from primary patient care, it also might not help, says a study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care. In order to make PROs more useful for outcomes, health IT developers...

Provider Experience, Chronic Disease Impact PCMH Referral Rates

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Patients with common chronic diseases, as well as those seen by less experienced providers, are more likely to receive specialty referrals than others being treated within the patient-centered medical home environment, according to an article...

“Big Data Spokes” Tackle Population Health with IoT, Informatics

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Using $10 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation, four regional consortia of academic institutions across the nation will utilize big data analytics, informatics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT)...

AHA Details Survival Strategies for Urban, Rural Hospitals

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The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities has released a new report outlining population health strategies and best practices to ensure that patients in rural and inner city areas...

CMS Equity Plan Promotes Data Analytics, Population Health

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Reducing socioeconomic health disparities and encouraging providers to leverage population health management and data analytics in pursuit of better patient outcomes are two of the major goals of CMS’ ongoing Equity Plan for Improving Quality...

Surgeon General, Healthcare Orgs Pledge to Tackle Opioid Abuse

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Healthcare stakeholders are coming together in the fight to overcome opioid abuse, one of the most significant public health crises to hit the nation in recent memory.  Claiming dozens of lives each day, opioid abuse often begins with a...

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