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HHS Seeks Public Comment on Healthy People 2030 Initiative

December 26, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a request for public comments on the objectives of its Healthy People 2030 initiative, a population health strategy focused on critical health promotion and disease prevention. Launched in 1979, the Healthy People initiative has grown significantly over the years, increasing from 226 objectives in 15 topic areas for...


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Nearly 50% of Nurses See Opioids as a Top Population Health Concern

by Jessica Kent

Forty-seven percent of registered nurses (RNs) named opioid abuse as one of the top three healthcare crises that will have the worst impact on population health in the next five years, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Socioeconomic Data Will Play Key Role in Population Health for Minorities

by Jessica Kent

As the healthcare industry continues its slow and steady shift to holistic care, more organizations are beginning to understand that they must integrate socioeconomic data into their analytics and population health management...

CMS: Data-Driven Strategies Can Improve Population Health for Minorities

by Jessica Kent

To improve population health and increase care access among minority patients, organizations should implement data-driven strategies and identify the unique challenges within specific communities, Cara V. James, PhD, Director of the Office...

AMA Updates Population Health Tool to Improve Patient Care Access

by Jessica Kent

The American Medical Association (AMA) has enhanced its Health Workforce Mapper tool with updated population health data to further improve patient access to care. The tool, which allows users to see the distribution of providers in each...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CMS Disability Index Identifies Care Disparities, Access Issues

by Jessica Kent

Physical and mental disabilities have a significant impact on individuals’ ability to access healthcare, obtain quality services, and manage associated social determinants of health, a recent report from CMS reveals. According to...

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...

Hospital Care May Not Influence Socioeconomic Outcomes Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Hospitals generally provide similar levels of quality care to individuals across socioeconomic groups, indicating that outcomes disparities may be rooted in external community factors, according to a recent study published in JAMA. While...

Analytics Help Christiana Care Cut ED Opioid Prescriptions by Half

by Jessica Kent

A team-based approach to care and robust data analytics strategies have helped Christiana Care Health System in Delaware reduce opioid prescriptions in the emergency department by 50 percent.   Christiana Care has also used these...

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...

Dell Medical School’s Big Data Hub to Address Population Health

by Jessica Kent

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin has launched a Biomedical Data Science Hub that will enhance population health research with big data analytics. Data scientists at Dell Med are currently working to extract health...

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