Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

UHC, Medtronic Use Value-Based Care to Boost Diabetes Management

July 16, 2018 - A value-based care partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 27 percent, enhanced diabetes management, and cut healthcare costs. First-year results, drawn from an analysis of over 6,000 UnitedHealthcare members using advanced insulin pump technologies and comprehensive support services offered by Medtronic, demonstrated a 27...


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BCBSA Tackles Opioids with Big Data, Accreditations, Member Hotline

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is taking additional steps to combat opioid abuse by leveraging big data analytics and offering more resources to patients and providers seeking to prevent or treat opioid dependence. In 2017, ...Thirty-four states across the nation reduced their opioid prescription rates by 30 percent or more, with Massachusetts seeing a 51 percent decline in filled prescriptions. "Our Prescription Pain Medication Safety Program has had a subs...

Addressing Chronic Disease with Population Health Management Strategies

by Jessica Kent

Chronic diseases are among the most costly, prevalent, and avoidable ailments impacting population health. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and opioid addiction claim thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year. The Cente...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Has Saved Payer $1.2B Since 2011

by Jennifer Bresnick

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has saved nearly $1.2 billion – yes, billion – since 2011 by implementing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model across ninety percent of its contracted healthcare providers in its mid-Atlant...“Bending the cost curve while improving quality for our members was the principal goal of the PCMH program when it was launched. We are pleased that our data again shows the program is helping to slow the rate at which medical costs g...“Data must be a click away,” the performance report states.  “Without comprehensive views of patterns matched with the ability to drill down into detail at the Member level, the result is inattentiveness on the part o...

AARP Invests $60M in Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease Research

by Jessica Kent

The AARP’s  Brain Health Fund will invest $60 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) to accelerate the development of innovative treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which have profound impacts on long-ter...

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack in Possible Population Health Play

by Jennifer Bresnick

Rumors of Amazon’s entry into the prescription drug distribution market have not been greatly exaggerated.  The e-commerce giant today announced the acquisition of PillPack, a company that offers home delivery of prescription and...

Top 5 Collaborative Tasks for Population Management, Public Health

by Jessica Kent

Promoting and maintaining population health has always required combined effort from public health offices, private healthcare entities, and social service organizations. Each sector plays its own distinct role in addressing the community, ...

CVS to Offer Nationwide Home Delivery of Prescription Drugs

by Jennifer Bresnick

CVS Pharmacy is now offering speedy home delivery of prescription drugs across the nation as a way to improve medication adherence, boster population health, meet consumer expectations – and potentially get ahead of competitors like A...

Apple Explores Medical Data with Health Records API, Patents

by Jennifer Bresnick

Apple is quickly working to position itself as a leader in the race between consumer technology giants looking to harness the nearly-untapped power of medical data.  With players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to contend with, A...

$28M in AHA Grant Funding Will Accelerate Cardiovascular Research

by Jessica Kent

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded six institutions more than $28 million to establish research centers that will foster advancements in the prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib). The awardees include Boston U...

Emory, Kaiser Permanente Form Population Health Partnership

by Jennifer Bresnick

Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente have announced a partnership aimed at improving population health management and expanding care access while supporting patients within their communities. The collaboration will turn Emory University H...

ICD-10 Allows Non-Physician Documentation of Social Determinants

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations concerned about how to record data on patients’ social determinants of health are allowed to use non-physician documentation to support ICD-10 coding for common socioeconomic issues, says the American Hospital...

Mount Sinai to Boost Kidney Disease Management with AI, Big Data

by Jessica Kent

Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) will partner with RenalytixAI to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and deploy them in MSHS’s big data warehouse in an effort to enhance kidney disease detection, management, and treatment....

NIH Recommends Precision Medicine Approach to Treat Alzheimer’s

by Jessica Kent

Precision medicine, big data analytics, and stakeholder collaboration could improve treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to recommendations from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ...

FDA Urges Opioids Guidelines to Stem “Biggest Public Health Crisis”

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just like every other public health stakeholder, the FDA is struggling to control the immense impact of opioids on the nation’s health and wellbeing.  The opioid addiction epidemic is currently “the biggest public health cr...

Top 5 Questions for Payers about Population Health Initiatives

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based reimbursement is slowly but surely increasing its footprint in the healthcare industry as payers look to control costs while rewarding providers for improved prevention and management of chronic disease.  Targeted populatio...

Physicians Seek Population Health, RCM Advice for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physician groups looking to accelerate their transitions to value-based care are actively seeking out advice from consultants who can support the development of improved population health management and revenue cycle management initiatives,...

Social Determinants of Health Dashboard Expands to 500 Cities

by Jennifer Bresnick

The City Health Dashboard, an online resource offering interactive insights into clinical data and social determinants of health, now covers 500 cities across the United States.  The publicly available tool, developed by the Department...Many healthcare organizations taking on financial risk for patients under value-based care arrangements do not have easy access to data about the community and lifestyle barriers that may prevent individuals from accessing care, filling pre...

Predictive Analytics, Care Management Combine for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations shifting away from fee-for-service, encounter-based care models often find themselves adding traditionally non-billable services to their care management repertoires in an effort to get ahead of chronic diseases and...The challenge gets even more complicated when certain segments of the provider’s population are subject to risk-based arrangements and others are not.  Providers are moving slowly and carefully into the value-based environment, a...Congestive heart failure patients have seen similarly positive results.  Carelink helped bring about an 11.8 percent increase in CHF patients discharged to the home environment and a 13.9 percent reduction in unplanned 90-day readmissi...

Amazon is Exploring the Role of Alexa in Chronic Disease Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a not-at-all surprising move from Amazon, an internal team is exploring how Alexa can help consumers manage chronic diseases and maintain wellness, according to a report from CNBC. An “internal document” obtained by the news ...

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