Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

Bringing the Patient-Centered Medical Home into the Community

by Jennifer Bresnick

If there’s one thing to keep in mind about the patient-centered medical home as HealthITAnalytics.com concludes its practice transformation series, it’s that the PCMH is about so much more than checking off boxes on a recognition...

Data Analytics Aid Safety Net Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR data analytics, real-time clinical dashboards, and a comprehensive population health management program are helping Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), a safety net medical system in San Bernardino County, California, improve patient...

EHR Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top Patient Safety Risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Poor EHR data integrity, overwhelming alerts, and a number of potential hazards related to inadequate care coordination topped the ECRI Institute’s latest list of critical patient safety concerns. The annual list, which is often flooded with...

Poor Communication Hinders Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Effective population health management relies on the seamless, coordinated work of a multi-faceted care team, yet the majority of clinicians feel unable to communicate with their peers in a timely, meaningful way, according to a new survey from...

2800 Stakeholders Join Accountable Care Best Practices Network

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a coalition of nearly 3000 healthcare stakeholders investing in the development and deployment of accountable care best practices, kicked off its inaugural meeting this week with pledges from...

Private Payers Driving Value-Based Payment, Accountable Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Commercial health plans are at the forefront of industry-wide efforts to improve care coordination and embrace value-based payment, writes Karen Ignagni, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in...

87% of Patients Want Health Information Exchange Without Fees

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients believe strongly in the idea of free, facile health information exchange that allows providers to access critical patient data wherever the patient goes, according to a new survey by the Society of Participatory Medicine and ORC International....

Medical Device Integration a Key Concern for Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even though patient monitoring devices are among the most basic, essential, and frequently used tools in healthcare, medical device integration is a subject that has been largely relegated to second-tier status as healthcare organizations continue...

Incremental Effort Can Craft the Patient-Centered Medical Home

by Jennifer Bresnick

Achieving patient-centered medical home recognition takes time, resources, guidance, and a dedication to holistic practice transformation, but the process doesn’t necessarily have to be a single, big-bang effort. While certain criteria must...

How Effective is mHealth for Chronic Disease Management?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Care coordinators and population health managers are starting to develop a wide array of technology-based tools to help meet the growing demand for chronic disease management outside of the office walls. The rise of the smartphone may be the...

Illinois Health Information Exchange Hits 1 Million Records

by Jennifer Bresnick

The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange has accomplished in six months what many other HIEs are still trying to achieve: the secure exchange of data covering one million patient lives in its designated local region.  The Illinois-based...

PCMH Care Coordination Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing cooperative, community-based post-discharge care coordination for elderly patients can help to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, finds a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Patients aged 60...

39M Medicare Patients Received Free Preventative Care in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thirty-nine million Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries received at least one preventative care service with no cost sharing in 2014 as a produce of the Affordable Care Act, HHS said in a press release today.  As population health...

Why EHR Adoption in the ED is Crucial for Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite generally high levels of EHR adoption among larger hospitals and physician practices, thanks to the goading of the EHR Incentive Programs, emergency departments (EDs) continue to struggle not only to implement EHR software, but to use...

CMS Seeks Comment on PCMH, Care Coordination, ACOs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on its advanced primary care models intended to provide better care coordination, more personalized attention, and better overall population health management throughout...

Are Patients, Providers in Sync with Patient Engagement?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients, providers, and healthcare reformers seem to be in completely different worlds when it comes to patient engagement.  While health IT is proliferating, albeit it slowly, in healthcare organizations of all sizes and types, the majority...

Patient Engagement a Low Priority for Healthcare Organizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite being touted as a major part of the healthcare reform puzzle, patient engagement is not high on the priority lists of provider organizations, claims a new report by Chillmark Research.  With many organizations relying on basic patient...

HCA: Obamacare Brings Accountable Care, Patient Responsibility

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit healthcare provider in the country, is coming out in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s attempt to expand insurance coverage to the majority of American patients.  Obamacare,...

CMS to Cover Lung Cancer Screenings, Promote Patient Registries

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare has finalized its decision to cover yearly CT scans for older adults at risk for lung cancer, making the integration of population health management into the routine workflow just that much more enticing for physicians.  Heavy smokers...

Foundation Funds $5.7M Population Health Management Playbook

by Jennifer Bresnick

The de Beaumont Foundation has committed $5.76 million to continue the development of population health management by working with industry leaders to expand the reach and mission of The Practical Playbook initiative. The Playbook provides healthcare...

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