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Atul Gawande to Lead Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Healthcare Company

June 20, 2018 - Brigham and Women’s surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande will be leading Amazon’s most significant leap into the healthcare industry yet by becoming CEO of the partnership between the e-commerce giant, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway. “I’m thrilled to be named CEO of this healthcare initiative,” said Gawande. “I have devoted my public health career to building...


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CMS Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save $2.9B

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report showing that CMS-led patient safety initiatives have reduced hospital-acquired conditions, helping to prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion in hospital...

Costs Fell by 11% When Payer Addressed Social Determinants of Health

by Jessica Kent

Organizations that account for the social determinants of health and connect patients to services that meet their social needs could reduce spending by approximately 11 percent within a year, according to a recent study.   HealthConnections,...

BCBS Value-Based Care Programs Boost Quality, Reduce Costs

by Jessica Kent

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) recently announced that its network of value-based care programs, including accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), is outperforming other initiatives in...

Humana Launches Value-Based Care Model for Expectant Mothers

by Jessica Kent

Humana has partnered with OB-GYN practices to introduce a national value-based payment model that will improve maternity care quality and reduce costs for Humana members with low- to moderate-risk pregnancies. “Because quality maternity...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology managers. Survey...

Blockchain Alliance Aims to Tackle Provider Data Management

by Jessica Kent

Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare have announced a cooperative pilot program that will utilize blockchain technology to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs around provider data management.  ...

Carequality Interoperability Framework Links Over 600K Providers

by Jessica Kent

Carequality, an interoperability initiative of the Sequoia Project, recently announced that its interoperability framework now connects more than 600,000 providers, 1,250 hospitals, and 35,000 clinics nationwide.   “What’s...

Podiatric Services Aid Chronic Care Management, Value-Based Care

by Jessica Kent

The integration of podiatric services could enhance chronic care management, improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and ultimately benefit the shift toward value-based care, according to a study commissioned by the New York State Podiatric...

Geisinger Aids Diabetes Care with Community Food Initiative

by Jessica Kent

Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy program, which provides diabetic adults with access to free, nutritious food and comprehensive health behavioral services, has proven more effective and less costly than other methods of treatment. The approach...

Health Information Exchange Brings Higher Quality, Lower Costs

by Jessica Kent

Health information exchange (HIE) continues to improve care quality, enhance patient safety, and reduce healthcare costs, but more providers need to employ HIE to maximize its potential, according to a report to the community from HEALTHeLINK....

Broader Genetic Testing for Cancers May Benefit Population Health

by Jessica Kent

Screening the general population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations through genetic testing is more cost effective than screening only high-risk patients and may improve population health, according to a study published in the Journal...

NQF Names Shantanu Agrawal New President and CEO

by Thomas Beaton

Former Deputy CMS Administrator Shantanu Agrawal, MD, will take over the reins of the National Quality Forum on January 20, 2017, the NQF announced this week.  Agrawal, who also served as Director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity,...

Population Health, Big Data Strategies Could Reduce $2B Waste

by Jennifer Bresnick

The employer-based health insurance industry leaks approximately $2 billion each year due to wasteful or preventable spending across the care continuum, according to a new report by the American Health Policy Institute (AHPI).  But a population...

Peterson Center Initiative Transforms Delivery of Primary Care

by Nathan Boroyan

A new initiative being rolled out in clinics in three states is looking to transform primary care services by implementing a high-performance, lower-cost model that prioritizes patient engagement and population health management. The initiative...

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