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Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

August 11, 2017 - Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article published in American Health & Drug Benefits. The program, which addresses growing instances of patient malnutrition, leveraged a data-driven...


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Claims Data Analytics Show Diabetes Has Third Largest Health Impact

by Jennifer Bresnick

Diabetes remains among the top three most impactful, costly, and common chronic diseases in the nation, says a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), significantly affecting more patients than heart disease, cancer, or...

Racial Disparities Rife in Medicare 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found that there are significant racial disparities for 30-day hospital readmissions rates between black and white Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) patients. In the study, the...

AMA: Real EHR Data in Med School Will Boost “Informatics IQ”

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is continuing its efforts to modernize the medical school experience by partnering with the Regenstrief Institute to integrate electronic health records more deeply into physician education. As part of the AMA’s...

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The five-year...

Big Data Analytics Link Economic Wellness to Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health and economic prosperity are intrinsically linked, according to a new nationwide analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association, giving healthcare providers an even greater incentive to deliver holistic, preventive...

Health Data Exchange, EHR Dashboards Underpin a Successful ACO

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) come in all shapes and sizes, guided by a wide range of health IT philosophies.  Some ACOs demand total technical uniformity to standardize processes, while others encourage EHR individuality and allow...

CIOs Focus on EHR Optimization for Population Health, Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use may already be entering its sunset years, but healthcare CIOs are still wrestling with the very basics of electronic health record optimization as they towards a future where population health management, big data analytics, and...

Dental Care is the Missing Piece of Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

Medicaid Savings Require Integrated Physical, Mental Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

Predictive Analytics, Accountable Care Markets to See Rapid Growth

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations seeking to equip themselves with the big data tools required for value-based care success are likely to drive significant investment in the predictive analytics and accountable care solutions markets, according to a series...

CMS Equity Plan Promotes Data Analytics, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

Large Patient-Centered Medical Homes Employ More Care Coordinators

by Jennifer Bresnick

Larger primary care practices and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are significantly more likely to have the resources and skills to offer population health management programs and employ dedicated care coordination staff, according to...

MA Medicaid Embraces Accountable Care, Population Health Models

by Jennifer Bresnick

MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program has received a CMS waiver allowing providers to significantly expand participation in accountable care organizations and innovative integrated delivery models focused on population health management....

Leveraging the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Older Adult Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH), one of the nation’s most promising care coordination and population health management frameworks, may be ideally suited to ensuring that older adults receive the services they need to maintain a...

How Does the ONC Define HIE, Value-Based Care, Population Health?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The new ONC Health IT Playbook contains a wealth of resources and information for healthcare organizations in various stages of reform.  From the very beginning stages of negotiating an EHR purchase to the complex integration of multiple...

Will Risk-Based Population Health Management Take Off in 2017?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management is a top priority for the majority of healthcare organizations, especially those who acknowledge that risk-based, value-driven reimbursements may soon be the dominant form of payment across the industry.  According...

National Health IT Week Brings Celebration, Educational Events

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every year, National Health IT Week brings a chance for the healthcare industry to reflect on past successes, celebrate achievements, and prepare for the many new challenges that lie ahead.  The event is kicking off today across the nation,...

Congress: Health IT, Big Data Tools Crucial for Quality Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee is challenging health IT and big data analytics vendors to bring the “outdated” healthcare system into the modern age while focusing on translating technical innovations into quality care improvements...

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Applications Close Sept. 15

by Nathan Boroyan

The online application for practices interested in participating in the new value-based care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), will close at 11:59pm ET on Thursday night, Sept. 15, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)...

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