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CMS Announces Awards for Care Disparities, Population Health

February 5, 2019 - HealthPartners, a consumer-governed healthcare organization, and Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, have received the 2019 CMS Health Equity Award for their work in improving care disparities and healthcare access. CMS presented the award at the 2019 CMS Quality Conference to highlight organizations that are closing gaps in healthcare quality, access, and outcomes among...


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Social Determinants of Health Impact Severity of Chronic Disease

by Jessica Kent

New Jersey’s poorest zip codes have the highest rates of individuals with chronic diseases seeking care in emergency rooms, showing a strong link between the social determinants of health and poor outcomes, according to a new state...

Genomic Sequencing Test Detects Lung Transplant Rejection

by Jessica Kent

A simple blood test that relies on genomic sequencing can detect when a newly transplanted lung is being rejected by a patient, even when no outward signs of rejection are evident. The test could enable physicians to intervene faster and...

Kaiser Permanente Launches SDOH Initiatives Targeting Housing Security

by Jessica Kent

Kaiser Permanente has announced three new initiatives that will help to address the social determinants of health (SDOHs) by increasing access to affordable housing for vulnerable residents in California. The initiatives include investing...

ONC Health Data Exchange Winner Adds Immunization Data

by Jessica Kent

The Docket app, the winning submission in ONC’s Move Health Data Forward (MHDF) Challenge, is adding a new feature that will help individuals access their personal and family immunization records, said ONC officials in a new blog...

NCI: Deep Learning Beats Humans at Detecting Start of Cervical Cancer

by Jessica Kent

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool was able to analyze digital images of a woman’s cervix and identify precancerous changes with more accuracy than human experts. Developed by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)...

User Comments, NLP Improve Clinical Decision Support Alerts

by Jessica Kent

Leveraging natural language processing methods to analyze user feedback and override comments in clinical decision support systems could help organizations detect malfunctioning or broken alerts, according to a study published in...

NCI Supports Precision Medicine with Updated Clinical Trial Criteria

by Jessica Kent

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has revised its clinical trial protocol template to expand eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials. The updated criteria will allow patients with certain health conditions to participate in...

CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CMS Innovation Center is gearing up to launch a new industry challenge aimed at identifying new strategies for leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve outcomes. The proposed challenge will explore how...

Humana Invests $7M in Social Determinants of Health Programs

by Jessica Kent

The Humana Foundation has announced plans to invest nearly $7 million in 9 organizations that are committed to addressing the social determinants of health, including food security, social connection, and financial stability. The new...

EHR Data Sharing Identifies Hypertension Care Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Health systems participating in an electronic health record (EHR) data sharing collaborative were able to identify care disparities among hypertension patients and could enable organizations to share best practices for quality...

Precision Medicine Approach Reduces Heart Failure Mortality by 50%

by Jessica Kent

A precision medicine approach cut mortality rates for high-risk heart failure patients by 48 percent, and 30-day hospital readmissions by 25 percent, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart...

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...

Population Health Program Cuts Hospital Admissions by Nearly 50%

by Jessica Kent

Northwest Physicians Network (NPN) in Washington State has launched a collaborative population health program that has cut hospital admissions by 43 percent, ambulance transports by 47 percent, and emergency department visits by 36...

$1.2M AHRQ Grant Helps Montefiore Build AI CDS Tool for Lung Failure

by Jessica Kent

Montefiore Health System has received a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will help clinicians identify a rare form of lung failure and offer...

802 Orgs Lauded for Hypertension Control, Chronic Disease Management

by Jessica Kent

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have recognized 802 physician practices and health systems across the country for improving chronic disease management among patients with...

Learning Health Systems, Big Data Key to Improving Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

Healthcare organizations looking to quickly translate research into best practices for clinical care should focus on transforming themselves into learning health systems that rely heavily on insights from big data analytics, says Peter...

Baylor Gets $6.3M NCI Grant for Racial, Ethnic Cancer Disparities Work

by Jessica Kent

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded $6.3 million to support researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in understanding the biological causes of racial and ethnic disparities in prostate and breast cancers. NCI states that...

Express Scripts Diabetes Management Program Saves $43M, Ups Outcomes

by Jessica Kent

A coordinated approach to chronic disease management for diabetics has reduced drug spending by 19 percent for more than 800 enrolled plan sponsors, saving a total of $42.6 million in 2017, said Express Scripts. “By combining...

$40M AHRQ, PCORI Grants Will Support a Learning Health System

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) have awarded $40 million in grants to 11 learning health system (LHS) organizations to help advance patient-centered care...

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