Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Accountable Care

58% of hospitals have population health goals in sight

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals are moving ahead with population health management initiatives and preparations for value-based payments, according to a new survey of 541 hospitals by The Governance Institute.  Nearly 60% have started to build a technical infrastructure...

Wake Forest, Cornerstone Health partner for data analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Two North Carolina health systems, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Cornerstone Health Care, are partnering to increase their strategic ability to improve their services through accountable care.  By using population health management...

Can cost clarity marry revenue analytics and accountable care?

by Jennifer Bresnick

In healthcare, as in burger chains across the country, “bigger is better” is a credo that rings true in more ways than one.  And like those burger chains, hospitals sometimes feel that transparency about what goes into the end...

Quality-based payment adjustments pile up for hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is getting serious about using financial penalties to nudge hospitals towards higher quality of care with a slew of payment adjustments starting to pile up in the next few years.  Hospitals have already been affected by two years of...

Blue Button Codeathon winners track disease, financial data

by Jennifer Bresnick

This year’s Health 2.0 San Francisco Codeathon harnessed the power of the successful Blue Button data sharing initiative to bring a new suite of patient-facing tools to fruition in 36 hours or less.  In partnership with the Office...

Study: Readmissions not a good quality measure for pediatrics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The rate of hospital readmissions is a poor indicator of the quality of pediatric care, says Dr. James Gay, Medical Director of Utilization and Case Management at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in a study presented at the...

Can mHealth help low-income patients with chronic diseases?

by Jennifer Bresnick

From the provider’s perspective, population health management often depends on using a wide swath of data to identify patient cohorts that might benefit from a certain intervention.  But sometimes those cohorts are self-selecting, and offer...

Ore. Medicaid CCOs slash inpatient chronic disease care by 23%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Colorado isn’t the only state transforming the care of its Medicaid population through accountable care initiatives in hospitals and physician offices.  Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) have shown tremendous progress...

Top quality Joint Commission hospitals nearly double in 2012

by Jennifer Bresnick

True quality and performance improvement is more than pie in the sky for a record number of hospitals recognized by the Joint Commission as Top Performers in 2012.  One-third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals made the highest...

Analytics brings actionable data to Colorado Medicaid program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Colorado’s successful Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) is working wonders for the state’s Medicaid programs, taking an unmanaged fee-for-service system into the future with a deeper focus on care coordination, medical homes, and reduced...

Are hospital readmission fines a “distraction” or motivation?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) isn’t always popular with providers, especially when instituting penalties and payment cuts for quality-based measurements of patient care.  Despite leveraging advanced clinical analytics,...

Should ACOs use remote monitoring despite lack of analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

One of the major responsibilities of an accountable care organization (ACO) is to develop the ability to keep patients away from the doctor’s office and out of the emergency room.  Using complex data analytics to predict risk for chronically...

ACO success depends on data integration, analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The decision to join an accountable care organization (ACO) may start out as a financial one, but anyone who takes the plunge quickly finds out that revenue is only half the battle.  ACOs depend on a comprehensive examination of a provider’s...

Walgreens clinics integrate analytics into patient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just a few years ago, the idea of walking into the corner drugstore and walking out with toothpaste, moisturizer, and a full physical workup by a physician assistant was completely unheard of.  But the rise of retail clinics, tucked inside a...


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