Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

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LA Housing Program Improves Mental Health, Cuts Hospital Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing stable housing for homeless residents of Los Angeles produced both financial and mental health improvements for the city and its homeless populations, a new report on the Housing for Health initiative found. A three-year study...

LTPAC Orgs Need Better Health Data Exchange Standards, APIs

by Jennifer Bresnick

More robust health data exchange standards and the adoption of application programming interfaces (APIs) will help to improve interoperability among long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities, the ONC says, but helping these...

Developing Community Partners for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether they are participating in value-based reimbursements or still based in fee-for-service, the vast majority of primary care providers are keenly aware that they can no longer afford to go it alone.  Consumer expectations are...

EHR Natural Language Processing Flags Social Determinant Search Terms

by Jennifer Bresnick

Applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the electronic health record can help providers identify key terms associated with the social determinants of health, says a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital. Using...

Walgreens Offers Online Library of Population Health Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a bid to further position itself as a leader in population health management that goes far beyond the pharmacy, Walgreens has announced the launch of an online library of healthcare research studies. The Center for Health and Wellbeing...

How Do Population Health, Public Health, Community Health Differ?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The rapid proliferation of value-based care arrangements, driven by EHR adoption and the subsequent explosion of big data, has given providers both the opportunity and the financial imperative to focus on delivering holistic, preventive...

Top 10 Challenges of Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management has become a must-have competency for healthcare providers of all types, sizes, and specialties. As risk-based contracting and pay-for-performance arrangements start to provide enhanced financial...

Value-Based Care Requires Good Big Data, Better Communication

by Jennifer Bresnick

Brevity may be the soul of wit in the literary world, but it’s the opposite of a good thing when it comes to safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective patient care.  In the value-based care environment, where multiple entities...

Collaboration, Big Data Help Phoenix Children’s Focus on Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mergers, acquisitions, and new partnerships can be a scary prospect for healthcare organizations, no matter which side of the negotiating table they are occupying. In addition to potential cultural changes, staffing adjustments, and new...

NY Public, Private HIEs Connect for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Public and private health information exchange (HIE) networks in New York State are teaming up to improve population health management in the nation’s most crowded metropolitan region. Healthix, the largest public HIE in the...

ONC Releases C-CDA “Checkup” Tool for Healthcare Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Organizations that aren’t sure if their Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) formatting and presentation are up to snuff can now get a simple numerical quality score from a new online ONC tool.  The One...

HHS Offers $70M in Grants to Prevent Opioid Abuse, Overdoses

by Thomas Beaton

HHS has announced over $70 million in grant funding to help communities and providers across the care continuum reduce the incidence of opioid abuse and overdoses. The grants, authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act...

How Care Management, Care Coordination Differ in Health IT

by Jennifer Bresnick

The terms “care management” and “care coordination” are starting to take on slightly different flavors in the health IT world as software companies create new offerings for the growing value-based care marketplace,...

Brown Gets $1.1M to Study Medicare Post-Discharge Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Peterson Center on Healthcare has announced a two-year $1.1 million grant that will allow researchers at Brown University to study how to improve post-discharge care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries. The new initiative will...

FDA: Education, Population Health Can Fight Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Newly minted FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is coming out swinging against the rising tide of opioid abuse, stressing the important role of population health management strategies and education in preventing unintentional addiction to...

QIO Program Boosts Medicare Care Coordination, Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program saw a number of successes in 2016, according to the initiative’s annual report, including significant gains in care coordination, behavioral healthcare, chronic disease...

CMS Expands Comprehensive Primary Care Plus to New Regions

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced the expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program to four new regions, adding to a successful primary care model that serves patients with complex needs. Eligible participants in Louisiana, Nebraska,...

Nurses Play Collaborative Role in Care Coordination, Planning

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurses must be intimately involved in the collaborative task of planning and executing care coordination strategies for patients receiving services from multiple providers – especially when value-based reimbursements are at stake,...

Bidirectional Health Data Exchange Key to Behavioral Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As more and more healthcare providers start moving into value-based care models that prioritize patient outcomes, they are quickly realizing that the current generation of health data exchange tools is not up to the task of coordinating...

Cherokees Sue McKesson, CVS, Wal-Mart for Lax Opioid Monitoring

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit in tribal court against several large pharmacy chains and healthcare providers for their alleged role in allowing opioids to flood into Native American communities, contributing to the widespread...

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