Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

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...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Reduces Cost, Raises Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an effective way to reduce healthcare spending while raising quality indicators, says the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) in a new report.  The organization’s annual review of...

Virtual Clipboard to Tackle Patient Matching, Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether visiting a physician’s office for a simple cough, making a beeline for urgent care, or signing in to the hospital for an elective procedure, one part of the patient experience is nearly always the same: the ritual handoff of the pen...

Big Data Analytics Pin Colon Cancer Deaths on Care Variations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Variations in care that deviate from evidence-based guidelines may be responsible for a disproportionate number of colon cancer deaths among African American patients, according to a new study from Stanford University.  Using big data analytics...

14% of Patients Avoid Chronic Disease Management Due to Cost

by Jennifer Bresnick

Fourteen percent of American adults, or more than 16.4 million patients, have avoided seeing a physician for chronic disease management care in the past twelve months due to the cost of such a visit, finds a survey from Harris Poll and SCIO Health...

CMS: Population Health Management Reduces Admissions, ER Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Two population health management initiatives that focus on increasing the use of primary care providers have reaped significant results for patients, says CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway.  The Comprehensive...

EHR Referral Program Speeds Patient Care Coordination at UVA

by Jennifer Bresnick

A three-year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is bringing electronic patient care coordination to the University of Virginia Health System (UVA).  As one of five academic medical centers piloting eConsults and eReferrals...

Patient-Generated Health Data, mHealth Can Improve Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient-generated health data, and the ability of healthcare providers to accept, view, exchange, and use such data to make better treatment decisions, are some of the most crucial pieces of a coordinated and effective care team, write Michael...

EHRs Don’t Do Enough for Care Coordination, Docs Say

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trying to improve patient care coordination and clinical communication through current EHR systems is frustrating and difficult, according to the majority of physicians in a new Spyglass Consulting Group survey, and healthcare organizations are...

Care Coordination Hampered by Inadequate Discharge Summaries

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals do not always provide complete, timely, and accurate discharge summaries to physicians in order to improve patient care coordination for those with heart failure, finds a new study from Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,...

CMS Quality Strategy Aims for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to population health management for its beneficiaries as well as the public at large, CMS authors state in a perspective piece published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. ...

Better Patient-Centered Care Needed for Chronic Pain Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) recommend an increase in patient-centered care techniques to help manage more than 100 million Americans experiencing chronic pain.  As the danger of overdoses and deaths from opioid abuse becomes a nation-wide...

89 Accountable Care Organizations Join Medicare Savings Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations (ACOs) will take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2015, CMS says. The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will be expanding significantly with the addition of 89 new accountable...

Hepatitis C Patients Often Lost along Continuum of Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The continuum of care is failing many hepatitis C patients who do not complete recommended care and treatment protocols. Hepatitis C patients often drop off the radar of healthcare organizations along the continuum of care before receiving adequate...

Patient Engagement Starts with Providers Talking about Portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers must take the lead in educating their patients about the existence, use, and benefits of online portals if they wish to reap the rewards of a knowledgeable patient who is active in her own care, finds the most recent annual survey from...

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