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Racial Disparities Rife in Medicare 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

June 26, 2017 - 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 team found that 30-day readmission rates were 13.2 percent among traditional Medicare patients and 13.1 percent among Medicare Advantage (MA) patients....

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mHealth, Socioeconomic Data Address Diabetes Care Disparities

by Thomas Beaton

Three studies presented at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 77th Scientific Sessions assessed the ways in which mHealth and socioeconomic data can decrease care disparities among patients with diabetes. These methods, the ADA suggests,...

Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes Can Improve Cancer Care

by Thomas Beaton

Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from pediatric cancer patients as young as eight years old can help providers better understand the impacts of their care, according to a new study. Researchers enrolled children ages 8 to 18 in Phase 1 safety...

HHS Offers $70M in Grants to Prevent Opioid Abuse, Overdoses

by Thomas Beaton

HHS has announced over $70 million in grant funding to help communities and providers across the care continuum reduce the incidence of opioid abuse and overdoses. The grants, authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA),...

Online Map Reveals Geographic Disparities in Care for Autism

by Thomas Beaton

Research from the Journal of Medical Internet Research used crowdsourcing and data scraping methods to create an online map that revealed significant geographical disparities in care for individuals with autism. The interactive GapMap, created...

CMS Promotes Chronic Care Management with Provider Education

by Thomas Beaton

CMS and the HRSA are hoping to broaden the use of chronic care management strategies by delivering education and support to providers via its new Connected Care program.   The CMS Office of Minority Health and HRSA Federal Office of Rural...

Three Finalists Named for $100,000 Population Health Prize

by Thomas Beaton

Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health have announced the final three organizations vying for the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize for population health management achievements. The three finalists include the American Heart...

CT Hospital, State Prescription Monitoring System Connect Via EHR

by Thomas Beaton

EHR users at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will be able to access data from the statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in order to aid clinical decision support and improve patient safety, the hospital announced this...

95% See Population Health as Critical, but Worry about Payment

by Thomas Beaton

While the vast majority of healthcare organizations view population health management as a critical part of their financial future, providers are experiencing several challenges as they try to implement these strategies, including policy and...

Cancer Mortality Rates See 20% Drop, but Disparities Remain

by Thomas Beaton

Cancer mortality rates have decreased nationally by more than 20 percent since 1980, yet local “hotspots” of disparities remain in certain communities, says an article published in JAMA this month. After reviewing more than 19.5 million...

Prescription Monitoring Program to Reduce Opioid Abuse in VA

by Thomas Beaton

A three way partnership between Purdue Pharma, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources will enhance utilization of a state prescription monitoring program (PMP) to reduce the rate of opioid...

Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%

by Thomas Beaton

The rate of kidney failure in Native American adults with diabetes has dropped by 54 percent between 1996 and 2013 thanks to the implementation of proactive, patient-centered population health management programs, said the Centers for Disease...

PCORI Offers $70M for Population Health Management Research

by Sara Heath

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved $70 million in new funding for research initiatives to improve population health management. The funding will support the implementation of nine research projects involving...

MD Health Systems Collaborate for Population Health Management

by Stephanie Reardon

In Maryland, five major health systems have formed the Advanced Health Collaborative (AHC), an organization that will aim to improve the quality of care, reduce costs and improve population health management. The AHC members are Adventist HealthCare,...

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...

Foundation Funds $5.7M Population Health Management Playbook

by Jennifer Bresnick

The de Beaumont Foundation has committed $5.76 million to continue the development of population health management by working with industry leaders to expand the reach and mission of The Practical Playbook initiative. The Playbook provides healthcare...

CMS Quality Strategy Aims for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to population health management for its beneficiaries as well as the public at large, CMS authors state in a perspective piece published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. ...

Accountable Care Organizations Collaborate for Value-Based Care

by Stephanie Reardon

Four organizations have formed new ACOs, entered into new ACOs, or entered into new ACO agreements in the past week. The purpose of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is for physicians, hospitals and other medical facilities to collaborate,...

State Innovation Plans Focus on Population Health Management

by Stephanie Reardon

States awarded in round two for State Innovation Testing Models. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 11 states have been awarded Model Test awards in round two of the State Innovation Testing Models. The states...

Providers, Politicians Focus on Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers and community leaders work to bring population health management to patients across the nation. Population health management projects run the gamut from nation-sized efforts to educate citizens about healthy choices down...


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