Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

IBM, Rensselaer Open Cognitive Computing Center for Chronic Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced a five-year collaboration centered on applying advances in cognitive computing and machine learning to healthcare. The Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics...

VA Falls Short on EHR Use to Document Suicide Risk, Prevention

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinicians within the Department of Veterans Affairs are not sufficiently adhering to suicide prevention and treatment protocols for high-risk patients, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In a review of...

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, North...

Cerner Pilot Uses Population Health Analytics for Chronic Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Missouri have teamed up with Cerner Corporation to develop a new set of population health analytics algorithms to support a comprehensive chronic care management program for patients. The pilot program leverages...

Senate Bill Might Bolster Medicare Chronic Care Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Senate Committee on Finance will be taking a hearing today on a bill that aims to improve the delivery of chronic care management and provide more opportunities for Medicare patients to benefit from population health management activities....

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

Penn Med. Population Health Analytics Dashboard Wins ECRI Prize

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health analytics dashboard that brings big data to the point of care has secured the ECRI Institute’s 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. The health IT tool, called...

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, says...

Humana Refines Diabetes Risk Stratification Tool Using ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to improve the delivery of targeted chronic disease management services to diabetes patients, Humana has revamped its Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) risk stratification tool to use ICD-10 codes, the payer detailed in...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

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 epidemic...

HHS Distributes $458M in 21st Century Cures Opioid Abuse Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS is planning to boost the fight against opioid abuse and addiction on a large scale by preparing to disburse $485 million in grant funding to all 50 states and every US territory.  The funding stems from the 21st Century Cures Act and...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization costs....

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The five-year...

Population Health Management Could Cut US Disability Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government agencies search for more creative ways to reduce spending on public and private benefits programs, they may not have to look much further than the basics of population health management....

Web-Based Health Risk Assessments Accurately Flag Depression

by Jennifer Bresnick

Web-based health risk assessments (HRAs) are an accurate and cost-effective way to screen patients for depression, finds a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, allowing healthcare providers to proactively stratify high-risk...

Big Data Analytics Link Economic Wellness to Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health and economic prosperity are intrinsically linked, according to a new nationwide analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association, giving healthcare providers an even greater incentive to deliver holistic, preventive...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

YMCA Diabetes Management Program Saves $1100 per Patient a Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

The YMCA may not be a traditional healthcare provider, but its widely acclaimed diabetes management program sets a good example for organizations seeking innovative ways to boost patients’ chronic care skills while cutting costs. The program,...

CMS Promotes Chronic Care Management with Provider Education

by Thomas Beaton

CMS and the HRSA are hoping to broaden the use of chronic care management strategies by delivering education and support to providers via its new Connected Care program.   The CMS Office of Minority Health and HRSA Federal Office of Rural...

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