Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Care Coordination

UChicago wins $1.55M for hepatitis C population health project

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Chicago (ECHO-Chicago), a population health management program centered at the University of Chicago, has received $1.55 million in grant money from the CDC to further its work on hepatitis C education...

CMS Innovation Award funds EHR care coordination pilot

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thanks to a three-year Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award, the Association of American Medical Colleges and a group of five academic medical centers will be testing the impact of integrating care coordination features like electronic...

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...

High-cost hepatitis C pill sees 8% non-adherence rate

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 95% effective hepatitis C therapy that made the healthcare industry do a double-take at the $1000-per-day price tag is presenting some serious medication adherence problems for patients who are prescribed the 12-week course of therapy. ...

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...

ONC: Just 28% of patients have online access to health data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients are finding it tough to engage with providers through portals or other online access to their medical records, says a new issue brief by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), despite the recent focus on expanding data access...

Clinical quality, patient engagement kick off Health IT Week

by Jennifer Bresnick

National Health IT Week is upon us once again as the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) invites industry stakeholders to discuss the most pressing healthcare technology and delivery questions facing patients and providers.  With five themed...

Population health management boosts Medicaid patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

A data-driven population health management program targeted to Medicaid patients in Oregon has successfully improved patient engagement, enhanced patient-provider communications, and raised HEDIS scores for chronic disease sufferers, according...

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...

Population health management will expand for 9% of diabetics

by Jennifer Bresnick

An increasing number of Type 2 diabetes patients will be enrolled in population health management programs designed and run by primary care providers, endocrinologists, and managed care organizations, according to a new report from Decision Resources...

Hospitalizations for heart failure, stroke drop by a third

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitalizations related to congestive heart failure and ischemic stroke have dropped by nearly a third over the past ten years, says the American Heart Association, due mostly to advances in population health management, preventative care, coordinated...

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...

Depression screenings for diabetics improve self-management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Diabetic patients who were appropriately screened for behavioral health disorders such as depression achieved better blood glucose control and improved self-management of their chronic disease, according to a study conducted in North Carolina. ...

ACO facilitators provide valuable help for finances, analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are popping up left, right, and center as providers band together to accept risk and leverage the power of partnerships to face the myriad challenges of a changing industry.  From improving care quality...

Accountable care leader Geisinger announces CEO departure

by Jennifer Bresnick

Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s shining beacons of integrated healthcare delivery, is undergoing some significant changes as it announces the departure of Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., President and CEO in 2015.  Steele has served as...

Accountable care extends Medicare hospital funds to 2030

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thanks to accountable care initiatives, better care coordination, and a reduction in 30-day readmissions, Medicare’s Part A hospital trust fund will be financially solvent until 2030, four years longer than previously anticipated, says a new...

Care coordination pilot will create clinical analytics dashboard

by Jennifer Bresnick

Chronic disease patients in upstate New York will get a little extra help staying out of the hospital from the University of Buffalo School of Nursing after a $300,000 grant to explore methods of improving care transitions through the use of...

EHR documentation, clinical analytics cut heparin errors to zero

by Jennifer Bresnick

Better staff education, clinical analytics, and new care coordination techniques that improved EHR documentation nearly eliminated patient safety risks from improper heparin administration at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hopsital (CRMH), where infusion...

AAFP recreates center for EHR optimization, clinical analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has announced the rebranding of its Center for Healthcare Technology, a program focused on helping providers make efficient, effective use of their electronic health records.  With an eye towards...

Inefficient communication costs a hospital $1.7 million a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

The average US hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor coordination and communication among members of staff, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute and Imprivata, and may be draining up to $11 billion from the nationwide...

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