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Mental Health Top Priority for Population Health Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Population health management aims to provide patient-centered and value-based care to improve the patient outcomes of a particular group. But could population health management goals be undermined if healthcare providers do not have access to...

CMS Seeks Participants to Take the Million Hearts Challenge

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent announcement, CMS has re-opened the application period for the Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model (MH Model) test, an increasingly popular program focused on cardiovascular disease prevention. Cardiovascular...

PCDC Celebrates Aiding Its 200th Patient-Centered Medical Home

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Two hundred primary care practices have earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition with the help of the non-profit Primary Care Development Corporation, according to a recent press...

5 Ways to Turn Chronic Disease Management Knowledge into Action

by Jennifer Bresnick

In order to cut the skyrocketing costs of chronic disease management and reduce the burdens of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and other conditions on the patient population, providers must take advantage of opportunities to translate the healthcare...

AMGA Launches Chronic Disease Management Goals for Diabetes

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Foundation recently launched the Diabetes: Together 2 Goal campaign, an initiative to improve chronic disease management for Type 2 diabetes in the United States. The program is a three-year national...

3 Population Health Management Strategies to Cut Health Costs

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to grapple with exceptionally high costs, providers are increasingly turning to population health management strategies to try to alleviate some financial pressure. Population health management has many benefits...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Wins $100K for Medicaid Work

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University recently announced that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) has won the inaugural Hearst Health Prize of $100,000 for their population health management...

Workflow Changes May Improve Patient Safety, Cut Hospital Stays

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing certain clinical workflow changes and adjusting the way patients are given certain medications may be able to improve patient safety, reduce adverse drug events, and shorten hospital stays, according to a pair of recent studies....

Decoding 10 More Top Healthcare Big Data Analytics Buzzwords

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and new technologies, tools, strategies, and initiatives are popping up at a breakneck pace.  You’ve read through our first primer on the most common terms and phrases you’re likely...

Care Coordination Cuts Nursing Home Spending, Hospitalizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Improved care coordination techniques are reducing the number of preventable hospitalizations among patients residing in long-term nursing home facilities, according to new data published by CMS this week.    Most healthcare providers...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

VA Streamlines Care Coordination with New Health IT System

by Jennifer Bresnick

Care coordination has always been a struggle for healthcare organizations seeking to transfer patients from one provider setting to another, and the process if often complicated by poor communication, administrative red tape, and convoluted documentation...

DirectTrust: 44M Health Information Exchange Messages in 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health information exchange ended 2015 on a high note, according to DirectTrust, with the exchange of more than 44 million Direct secure messages throughout the year.  The past year saw record growth for the use of the non-profit’s...

Evaluating the Current State of Health Data Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health data interoperability has always been a thorny subject for providers frustrated by their lack of access to complete and accurate patient data – not to mention a prickly topic for vendors raising their hackles against a barrage of...

Coordinated Care Mentality Linked to Higher EHR Adoption Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations that employ advanced practice providers (APPs) like nurse practitioners and physician assistants were more likely to have adopted electronic health records and advanced care coordination technologies, according to a study...

Greenway Adds CommonWell Interoperability Services to EHR

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance’s interoperability services are now available to certain customers of another major EHR vendor, Greenway Health announced this week, making care coordination and health information exchange that much easier...

Demographic Data Quality Key in Improving Patient Matching

by Sara Heath

Increasing patient demographic data quality can lead to significant improvements in patient matching systems, a new Sequoia Project report explains. Through a detailed case study of Intermountain Healthcare’s patient matching...

Six Foundational Steps for Better Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

As value-based reimbursement and accountable care continue their march towards dominance in the evolving healthcare ecosystem, robust and effective population health management techniques are quickly becoming a critical competency for primary...

CMS’ Pioneer ACO Program Not Conducive to Small Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Despite claims that accountable care organizations (ACOs) have tremendous benefits to the delivery of care, several participants in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Pioneer ACO Program have chosen to leave...

GAO: VA Patient Panel Setup Limits Data Analytics, Care Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Unpredictable variation in the sizes of patient panels attributed to primary care providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be restricting patient access to basic services, found a report by the Government Accountability Office...

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