Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Accountable Care

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...

Five Questions to Assess Your Readiness for Accountable Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Is your healthcare organization prepared to take on the technical and cultural changes involved in accountable care? Both payers and healthcare providers are starting to embrace accountable care arrangements as a way to drive down costs, improve...

Six Ways to Foster an Environment of Patient-Centered Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Patient Experience Council offers six suggestions for creating a patient-centered care environment for engaged, empowered patients. Patient-centered care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) are considered the hallmarks of a newly...

Can Population Health Management Team Up with the Community?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Effective population health management goes far beyond what a healthcare provider can do for a patient in the office, argues Mark B. McClellan, Director of Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives at the Brookings Institution in a blog post,...

Radiology data brings business intelligence to accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a world where pay-for-performance contracts and accountable care arrangements now dictate how many hospitals are getting paid, the more data available to a healthcare organization, the better their business decisions can be.  Understanding...

Physicians are misusing colonoscopies for cancer screenings

by Jennifer Bresnick

Colonoscopies are overused for colorectal cancer screenings in patients with lower risk levels, according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, but aren’t used often enough for high-risk patients.  Endoscopists disagree...

ACOs recognize role of big data, but analytics remain elusive

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have been highly successful at bringing population health management and outcomes-based care to millions of patients across the nation, but they still continue to face health IT challenges that prohibit the...

Major payers, providers form accountable care organizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) continue to crop up around the country as providers accelerate the shift from pay-for-performance to value-based reimbursements, adding to evidence that the pay-for-performance model may be a sustainable...

Why do docs think mHealth is useless for patient monitoring?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Fitness trackers and smartphone mHealth apps have been enjoying a huge surge in popularity as shiny new technologies attract the consumer eye, but physicians are still not sold on the benefits of mHealth to truly improve patient health, according...

Humana, Iora Health launch accountable care initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

Iora Health will be opening four clinics in Arizona and Washington State dedicated exclusively to Humana Medicare members after the two organizations reached an agreement to form a new accountable care initiative.  The partnership will focus...

Small providers can achieve engagement through patient portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement isn’t just a key feature of Stage 2 meaningful use: it’s a crucial piece of population health management, chronic disease care, care coordination, and healthy decision-making for patients who are increasingly being required...

Managed care heats up in CA with new challenge to Kaiser

by Jennifer Bresnick

Anthem Blue Cross is upping the ante on managed care in California by partnering with providers to create a care plan big enough to rival Kaiser Permanente.  With several big hospitals and other notable clients on board, Anthem hopes to expand...

Aetna, Weill Cornell announce accountable care agreement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Aetna and more than 1200 Weill Cornell physicians will collaborate on a newly announced accountable care agreement, the payer says, intended to boost the coordination of care and provide higher quality services to more than 9000 New York patients...

Texting may be the key to urban population health management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The humble text message may be the most important way to make a difference to urban populations, suggests a small study by the University of Michigan, by giving patients a simple, unobtrusive way to connect to their providers, receive health...

ACA slashes young adult ED use by 2.1% in three states

by Jennifer Bresnick

Young adults taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stay on their parents’ health insurance until turning 26 are more than 2% less likely to use the emergency department (ED) for routine or urgent care than patients of other age...

Population health management brings wellness to employees

by Jennifer Bresnick

While healthcare providers certainly bear a significant piece of the burden when it comes to ensuring that patients are receiving preventative and chronic disease care, population health management must extend outside of the physician’s office...

HHS gives $35.7 million to patient-centered medical homes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) around the country will be receiving a $35.7 million boost from funding provided by the Affordable Care Act, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this week.  One hundred and forty-seven health centers...

Smokers given free meds, calls are 70% more likely to quit

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cigarette smokers who were offered a free supply of nicotine replacement medications and a series of automated phone calls were 70% more likely to be non-smokers after six months than patients who were required to take more initiative on their...

NEJM: Fee-for-service prevents meaningful care coordination

by Jennifer Bresnick

The fee-for-service reimbursement model is the most significant barrier preventing complex care management (CCM) in the healthcare industry, claims a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine authored by experts from Massachusetts...

AMGA: Data fragmentation is “inadequate” for accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The widespread lack of healthcare data transparency is one of the most significant barriers preventing a meaningful transition to accountable care and a data-driven healthcare ecosystem, says the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) in a...

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