Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

Poor Medication Adherence Impacts Close to Half of Diabetics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nearly half of Medicare diabetic patients are unable to keep up with recommended medication adherence rates, according to a new report from IMS Health, leading to serious chronic disease complications and millions in preventable spending. Diabetic...

ACC, AHA Update Clinical Quality Measures for Heart Problems

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to reduce harmful variation in care, prepare providers for pay-for-performance contracting, and aid the development of population health management analytics, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association...

EHR Socioeconomic Data a Must for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Socioeconomic data that helps to take the “vital signs” of a patient’s community must be integrated into the electronic health record if providers are to have a chance of implementing effective population health management strategies,...

6 Success Factors for Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Homes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home has become a popular and promising framework for improving care coordination, fostering preventative care, and generating better outcomes for patients, including children.  The patient-centered medical home’s...

Value-Based Care to Spur New Population Health Management Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based care and risk-based reimbursement contracts will continue to be a catalyst for the development and implementation of innovative population health management tools, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.  As providers...

Leveraging Risk Stratification for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Understanding a patient’s risk for developing new conditions – and a provider’s financial risk for treating those conditions – is the foundation for meaningful population health management, according to a new report from...

AMA Urges Payers to Cover Chronic Disease Management Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked private and public healthcare payers to include the National Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit to advance chronic disease management strategies for beneficiaries with prediabetes....

ADA, IBM Watson Tackle Cognitive Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is hoping that a little cognitive computing will go a long way towards helping patients manage one of the nation’s most common and costly chronic diseases.  A new long-term partnership with IBM...

Analyzing Medicare Chronic Disease Prevalence, Spending Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Helping patients improve their chronic disease management skills is one of the most common tasks for primary care providers, and also one of the most costly.  Caring for patients with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, chronic kidney disease,...

Using the Healthcare Internet of Things for Better Patient Care

by Roberta Katz

As part of the “information generation,” our technology-driven world is dramatically changing our lives, impacting our personal interactions, business transactions, and the way we consume information. We’re always connected,...

How to Use Big Data for Tailored Population Health Management

by Gregory D. Berg, PhD

Let’s travel to the very near future of population health management. The hypothetical ABC Health Plan recently got a new member: Selma, a 57-year-old woman with heart failure. To help Selma manage her condition, improve her quality of...

Geisinger Patient-Centered Medical Home Cuts Care Costs by 9%

by Jennifer Bresnick

The debate over the true value of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues with a new study by Geisinger Health System, which indicates that the comprehensive care framework may be able to reduce the total costs of patient care by nearly...

Cancer Patient Care Coordination Key to Medical Home Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has partnered with the University of Chicago Medicine to establish the oncology intensive medical home program, which aims to improve patient care coordination and chronic disease management initiatives...

Do Providers Apply Population Health Management Inconsistently?

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is significant variation in the way individual practices select high-risk patients for participation in care management and population health management programs, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care,...

Patient Engagement, Population Health Are Key to ACO Success

by Jennifer Bresnick

There is no standard recipe for success when it comes to developing an accountable care organization that can earn incentives through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  The chequered history of the initiative, which has faced an...

Home Interventions Boost Asthma Chronic Disease Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

When it comes to effective chronic disease management, healthcare providers and medical researchers may need to refocus their efforts on how quality care can extend beyond the hospital walls, especially for racial minorities and socioeconomically...

Could Blockchain Control Population Health Management Costs?

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the healthcare industry continues its journey from volume to value, payers and providers alike are continually seeking new strategies to contain costs, improve outcomes, and rise to the challenges of population health management.  Diabetes,...

Primary Care Access Aids Diabetes Chronic Disease Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As the healthcare industry transitions to value-based care, more providers are putting primary care physicians at the center of chronic disease management programs. However, many physicians wonder how to reach out and provide quality care for...

CMS Innovation Awards Promote Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management is taking center stage at the CMS Innovation Center’s Health Care Innovation Awards, an initiative designed to test new payment and delivery models that might hold the key to bringing higher quality healthcare...

Population Health Management More Complex for Rural Children

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare organizations may need to reevaluate their population health management strategies when it comes to children who live in rural areas. A recent study in the May edition of Pediatrics found that rural children are more likely to develop...

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