Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

Machine Learning Offers Timely Predictive Analytics for AKI

by Jennifer Bresnick

A machine learning algorithm may help make it easier and quicker for providers to detect acute kidney injury (AKI) in hospitalized patients, according to a new study published in bioRxiv.  The machine learning approach was more accurate...

Humana Pins Social Determinants of Health to Better Quality of Life

by Jennifer Bresnick

Taking a proactive approach to addressing the social determinants of health within a patient’s community can translate into measurably higher quality-of-life scores, Humana says in a new peer-reviewed article. By working within the community...

70% of Residents Feel Prepared for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just under 70 percent of family medicine residents feel adequately prepared to handle the analytics and care coordination strategies involved in population health management, according to a new study published in Family Medicine. Using data from...

Eye Docs Looking for Big Data, Population Health Analytics Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and non-profit Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) are offering thousands of dollars in grant funding for research projects that leverage the IRIS Registry database to identify new approaches for eliminating...

AHIMA Offers Clinical Documentation Tips for Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are becoming devastatingly common as the opioid abuse epidemic rages on, but providers may not be creating clinical documentation with a high enough quality to use in SUD research and population health management...

CMS Expands Promising Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced a final rule expanding the availability of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) starting in 2018.  The model, which pairs a classroom-style support group with CDC-approved patient education guidelines, has undergone...

CMS Eases Medicaid Barriers to Substance Abuse, Opioid Treatment

by Jennifer Bresnick

State Medicaid programs will have more opportunities to design programs to meet their residents’ substance abuse and opioid addiction treatment needs, CMS announced this week. Following the declaration of the opioid abuse epidemic as a...

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 organizations...

Is a Public Health Emergency Enough to Combat the Opioid Crisis?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The opioid crisis is now an official public health emergency, the White House announced this week, recognizing the incredible toll of illegal drugs and prescription painkillers on the American population. With more than 300,000 opioid-related...

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 changing,...

CVS Health, Epic Systems Using Big Data to Control Drug Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

CVS Health and Epic Systems have launched a strategic big data analytics initiative aimed at controlling prescription costs, the two companies announced this week.  CVS Health, which uses Epic electronic health records (EHRs) in its MinuteClinic...

AMA Launches Integrated Healthcare Big Data Analytics Platform

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is working to develop an integrated big data analytics and clinical informatics platform that will offer a common data model for organizations seeking to deliver the highest possible quality of coordinated care....

200+ Healthcare Orgs Share Vision for Primary Care Transformation

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 200 healthcare organizations have signed on to a joint vision for primary care transformation that prioritizes coordinated, data-driven, and team-based services, says the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). With an...

Big Data Analytics, Population Health Top Executive Priority List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics and population health management are among the top priorities for healthcare executives in 2018 as organizations attempt to navigate an uncertain regulatory landscape while improving the quality of care, according to the 2018...

ACOs Focus on Health IT, Population Health Management Plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trimming costs by implementing coordinated, high-touch population health management initiatives is the primary focus for the majority of accountable care organizations (ACOs) responding to a new poll conducted by National Association of ACOs...

HIV/AIDS Patient Registries, EHR Use Improve Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The combination of an electronic health record (EHR) and a digital patient registry is starting to significantly improve care for individuals with HIV and AIDS in a number of clinics and health systems across the country, says ONC Chief Medical...

HRSA Awards $200M for Opioid Abuse, Behavioral Health Services

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced $200 million in grant funding to help local communities deliver behavioral health services and proactive responses to opioid abuse. The funding will be divided between 1178...

Health Data Exchange Could Save Medicare $3.12 Billion a Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

An integrated national health data exchange system could reduce Medicare spending by more than $3 billion each year by enhancing coordinated care and fostering more effective population health management programs, asserts a new study by researchers...

Cost is a Primary Driver of Medication Non-Adherence Rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

The high cost of prescription drugs is what drives 67 percent of patients into medication non-adherence, according to the latest Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll, contributing to a multi-billion-dollar issue that is of particular concern...

Patient Safety at Risk as 52% of Adults Misuse Prescriptions, Opioids

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than half of adult patients misused one or more prescription drugs in 2016, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis, including legal and illegal opioids.  The high rate of substance misuse – including the 22 percent of specimens...

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