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Chronic Conditions Account for $8.3B in Avoidable ED Visits

February 18, 2019 - Emergency department (ED) visits for people with at least one chronic condition contributed to nearly 60 percent of all annual visits in 2017 and $8.3 billion in spending, says a report from Premier. Of these visits, over 4.3 million were potentially preventable, suggesting that these patients need access to higher-quality primary care.   Costly chronic conditions are only...


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CMS Aims to Address Senior Poverty, Social Determinants of Health

by Jessica Kent

To drive down healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is expanding policies to reduce prescription drug prices, increase community partnerships, and foster technological innovations that will address poverty and other social...

New Project Puts an Actuarial Eye on Big Data, Healthcare Costs

by Jessica Kent

Healthcare costs in the US are on the rise, with the industry spending billions each year to combat chronic disease, manage administrative tasks, and advance medical treatments. Although organizations have increasingly sought to improve...

Predictive Analytics, IoT Data Flag ED Visits, 30-Day Readmissions

by Jessica Kent

Predictive analytics fueled by data from the Internet of Things (IoT) could help providers detect patients at high risk of emergency department (ED) visits and 30-day hospital readmissions, according to a study published in JMIR Medical...

Geisinger Population Health Program Cuts Opioid Use by 18%

by Jessica Kent

Geisinger Health System has announced that its ProvenRecovery Program, a population health initiative that aims to reduce opioid use, hospital stays, and healthcare costs, will be implemented across 42 surgical procedures that impact...

Collaboration Among HIM Pros, Care Teams Can Boost Health Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Increased collaboration among health information management (HIM) professionals and other members of care delivery teams can enhance patient outcomes and reduce care costs, an article from the Journal of AHIMA says. Across all healthcare...

Predictive Analytics with Claims Data Can Identify High-Cost Patients

by Jessica Kent

Payers may be able to identify future high cost patients by employing predictive analytics strategies to examine past claims,, according to a report from the Society of Actuaries (SOA). An individual’s spending history, prescription...

Payer Analytics Link Dental, Eye Issues to Poor Health Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Individuals who suffer from serious dental and vision conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, and gum disease, are more likely to experience poor health comes and incur higher overall costs, according to a report from the Blue Cross...

Health Literacy Education Key to Rural Population Health, Care Access

by Jessica Kent

Improving patient health literacy and reducing out-of-pocket healthcare costs can support improved rural population health, according to a recent report from the National Quality Forum (NQF). More than 59 million people currently live in...

NJ Hospital Association Launches Big Data Analytics Center

by Jessica Kent

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has launched a new center that will use big data analytics techniques to identify and address gaps in care. The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research, and Transformation (CHART) will apply...

Data Analytics Support $62M in Next Generation ACO Savings

by Jessica Kent

Data analytics and other health IT tools played an integral role in helping Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model generate net savings of approximately $62 million for the Medicare program, states a new report from...

Adherence to Clinical Decision Support Cuts Costs by $1K Per Patient

by Jessica Kent

Adhering to a real-time clinical decision support system embedded in the EHR helped providers at Cedars-Sinai cut wasteful healthcare spending by almost $1000 per patient and improve patient outcomes, according to a study published in The...

RI to Use All-Payer Claims Database for Quality, Cost Analytics

by Jessica Kent

The Peterson Center on Healthcare, the state of Rhode Island, and Brown University have announced the Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Collaborative Project, in which researchers will study spending information from Rhode Island’s...

Business Intelligence Newcomers Challenge Epic in Healthcare Market

by Jessica Kent

Epic has the deepest adoption of business intelligence capabilities among its customers, with clients leveraging the company’s predictive algorithms to improve decision support and patient outcomes. However, organizations are also...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Key to ACOs, Population Health

by Jessica Kent

Advanced primary care models such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) may contribute to improved population health outcomes and lower costs in accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a recent report from the...

Providers Embrace Predictive Analytics for Clinical, Financial Benefits

by Jessica Kent

Predictive analytics have the potential to enhance care delivery, improve patient outcomes, and reduce care costs, enticing more healthcare executives to explore the implementation of data-driven tools.   According to a recent survey...

Population Health Intervention Ups Hypertension Control by 6%

by Jessica Kent

Data-driven risk stratification and population health management strategies improved hypertension management by six percent in a safety-net clinic, indicating a promising approach for reducing care disparities, says a study published in...

Mount Sinai Launches Biomedical Blockchain Research Center

by Jessica Kent

Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine and the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare have launched the new Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research. The center will explore how to use decentralized, secure technologies to solve...

CHIO Role at CMS Will Enhance Data Sharing, Health IT Use

by Jessica Kent

The new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position at CMS will work with federal officials and industry stakeholders to improve care delivery and patient outcomes through increased data sharing and health IT use. First announced in...

UHC, Medtronic Use Value-Based Care to Boost Diabetes Management

by Jessica Kent

A value-based care partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 27 percent, enhanced diabetes management, and cut healthcare costs. First-year results, drawn from an analysis of over...

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