Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Clinical Quality Measures

NQF: Adding Socioeconomic Risk to Population Health Measures is a Challenge

July 26, 2017 - Socioeconomic risk factors and community determinants of health are becoming increasingly important to care providers concerned about how to succeed with population health management and chronic disease care, yet incorporating these variables into quality metrics and performance reporting remains a significant challenge. The degree to which social and economic risk factors – such as...


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Collaboration, Big Data Help Phoenix Children’s Focus on Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mergers, acquisitions, and new partnerships can be a scary prospect for healthcare organizations, no matter which side of the negotiating table they are occupying. In addition to potential cultural changes, staffing adjustments, and new workflows...

Why an “Empty Desire” for Big Data is Inhibiting Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

For the most part, the healthcare industry has embraced the idea that access to big data is a critical part of doing business in the modern care environment.  But there’s a major difference between having big data and leveraging it...

CMS Finalizes Annual List of Value-Based Care Quality Measures

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has put the finishing touches on its yearly list of quality measures under consideration for use in Medicare value-based care purchasing programs, the agency announced this week.  The list, published in conjunction with the National...

Cerner, Epic to See Improvements in EHR Patient-Reported Outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new coalition of nine universities from across the country aims to improve the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) data in electronic health records, including products from Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, by expanding the use of a...

CancerLinQ Data Lake Gathers Electronic Records of 1M Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CancerLinQ initiative now boasts electronic health data from one million cancer patients, adding to the platform’s ability to help oncologists across the nation improve their quality of care. The project, founded in 2013 under the auspices...

EHR Optimization is Key for Quality Reporting, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even before the EHR Incentive Programs made quality reporting a top priority for the provider community, the healthcare industry has struggled greatly with the notion of quantifying excellence in care.  Confusing metrics, EHR optimization...

AHRQ Grants to Aid Testing of Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

by Nathan Boroyan

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on Monday six recipients of a four-year, $13.4 million grant to support implementation and testing of new pediatric clinical quality measures within the Medicaid and CHIP programs....

CMS Hosts Help Session for Physician Quality Reporting System

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is holding virtual “office hours” for providers who are unsure how to successfully attest for the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System.  The first of three online sessions focused on PQRS reporting will take place on Tuesday,...

Even More Top Healthcare Big Data Analytics Buzzwords to Know

by Jennifer Bresnick

The world of healthcare big data analytics is evolving at a blistering pace, and so is the language used to describe the latest projects, innovations, and achievements.  New terms are cropping up every day as developers, researchers, and...

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...

Quality Metrics, Data Analytics are Top Value-Based Care Fears

by Jennifer Bresnick

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” data analytics pros are prone to say, and nowhere is the phrase more appropriate than when discussing the healthcare industry’s transition to value-based care.  As...

CMS Seeks Input on Clinical Quality Measures, 2015 CEHRT

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is starting off the new year in listening mode with a request for public comment on several key health IT initiatives, including clinical quality measures (CQMs) and the testing and certification processes involved in readying EHR modules...

How to Close Gaps between ACO Measure Sets, Clinical Practice

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations may be all the rage among both public and private payers, but the quality measures used to gauge performance – and dole out shared savings and other reimbursement – are not always as complete, accurate,...

How Healthcare Big Data Analytics Drives Systematic Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data is everywhere.  Whether you’re a fan of the term or not, the impact of these messy, massive data sets proliferating at an unprecedented pace is readily apparent in the healthcare industry, where access to timely, accurate...

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