Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Chronic Disease Management

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Improving the nation’s big data analytics capabilities is critical for success in the ongoing fight against opioid abuse at the state level, says the CDC, as the substance abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities on a massive...

Diabetes Medication Adherence Cuts Costs by 4%, Boosts Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using patient-centered diabetes medication adherence strategies can reduce individual patient costs by around 4 percent while setting the stage for better outcomes, according to a new report by Express Scripts.  The potential for...

EHR Natural Language Processing Flags Social Determinant Search Terms

by Jennifer Bresnick

Applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the electronic health record can help providers identify key terms associated with the social determinants of health, says a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital. Using...

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