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Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

August 11, 2017 - Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article published in American Health & Drug Benefits. The program, which addresses growing instances of patient malnutrition, leveraged a data-driven...


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Racial Disparities Rife in Medicare 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found that there are significant racial disparities for 30-day hospital readmissions rates between black and white Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) patients. In the study, the...

Enthusiasm for Cutting Admissions May Harm Medicare Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing the number of hospital admissions resulting from emergency department visits is a major cost-cutting goal for healthcare organizations, but Medicare patients may not benefit much from the indiscriminate application of this policy. New...

Avoidable Admissions for Long-Term Care Dual Eligibles Down 31%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Avoidable hospital admissions for long-term care residents eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have dropped by 31 percent over the past five years thanks to improvements in patient safety and the adoption of population health management techniques....

Preventable Hospital Readmissions Fall Dramatically Across US

by Jennifer Bresnick

A concerted nationwide effort to improve care quality and reduce preventable hospital readmissions has produced a rapid drop in the number of patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, boasts new data from CMS. In a blog...

Is Smart Data Better than Bigger Data for Predictive Analytics?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes electronic health record data and predictive analytics, according to a new study from the University of Texas Southwestern.  Researchers found that performing analytics with EHR data collected...

Early Follow-Up Cardiac Care Cuts 30-Day Readmissions by 19%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who follow up with their care providers within one week of ending a hospital stay for heart failure are 19 percent less likely to experience a 30-day readmission than patients who are left alone for longer periods.  "Heart...

3 Population Health Management Strategies to Cut Health Costs

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to grapple with exceptionally high costs, providers are increasingly turning to population health management strategies to try to alleviate some financial pressure. Population health management has many benefits...

Cognitive State Impacts Chronic Disease Management, Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

A patient’s cognitive impairment level is one of the key indicators that he or she may be headed for a preventable hospital readmission due to inadequate chronic disease management, says a new study published in the American Journal of...

Personalized Medication Adherence Plan Cuts Readmissions by 70%

by Jennifer Bresnick

From ineffective chronic disease management to hospital readmissions, few behavioral patterns have as much impact on a patient’s health as their medication adherence habits.  Patients who fail to take their medications as prescribed...

Care Coordination Plan Cuts DASH Hospital Readmissions by 9%

by Jennifer Bresnick

The implementation of a care coordination strategy for patients at risk of negative outcomes related to certain mental or behavioral health conditions helped to reduce the preventable 30-day hospital readmission rate at Brigham and Women’s...

Hospital Readmissions Fall When Big Data Meets Patient Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

When it comes to big data, it’s tempting to think that all the answers to healthcare’s most expensive and significant problems, like reducing preventable hospital readmissions, are simply hidden somewhere within the zeroes and ones.  While...

PCMH Care Coordination Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing cooperative, community-based post-discharge care coordination for elderly patients can help to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, finds a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Patients aged 60...

Medication Non-Adherence Brings Millions in Avoidable Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers aren’t the only ones impacted by the intractable problem of medication non-adherence for patients suffering from common chronic diseases, says a new white paper by Healthentic: the costs of preventable hospitalizations...

Frequent 30-day readmission patients skew younger, study says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients at the highest risk of very frequent 30-day readmissions may not be the most likely suspects, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Jeanne T. Black, PhD, MBA, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, found...

Hospital readmissions decrease “whenever you try,” says Mayo

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions may be as easy as just paying attention, says research from the Mayo Clinic published in JAMA this month.  After reviewing more than forty trials related to interventions intended to cut...

Boston Children’s integrates predictive analytics in ICU

by Jennifer Bresnick

Young patients in the cardiac intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital are among the most vulnerable, subject to sudden changes in their conditions that are hard for clinicians to predict and often harder to correct when left too late. ...

Health information exchange use reduces admissions by 30%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using health information exchange (HIE) to access health records when a patient presents to the emergency department can lower costs and reduce the number of admissions by nearly one third, says a study from Weill Cornell Medical College, published...

ONC pushes “paradigm shift” to support patient-centered care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is heading into a new era with the appointment of new chief Karen DeSalvo, and is also taking a big step towards patient-centered accountable care with a new “Person @ Center” roadmap.  In a recent...

Predictive risk analytics, HIE to help young asthma patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX and non-profit research firm PCCI are collaborating on a pair of data-driven initiatives to help pediatric patients receive better care from healthcare providers and social services organizations. ...

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