Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Population Health Management

CMS Equity Plan Promotes Data Analytics, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing socioeconomic health disparities and encouraging providers to leverage population health management and data analytics in pursuit of better patient outcomes are two of the major goals of CMS’ ongoing Equity Plan for Improving Quality...

Surgeon General, Healthcare Orgs Pledge to Tackle Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare stakeholders are coming together in the fight to overcome opioid abuse, one of the most significant public health crises to hit the nation in recent memory.  Claiming dozens of lives each day, opioid abuse often begins with a...

Prioritizing Preventive Value-Based Care with Big Data Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is nowhere more applicable than in the primary care setting, where healthcare organizations moving to value-based care arrangements are eagerly seeking data-driven...

Value-Based Care Starts with Basic Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations and their payer partners are learning very quickly that the transition from volume to value-based care is significantly more complicated than signing on the dotted line to switch reimbursement rates from one payment model...

Retail Clinics May Expand Access to Care, But Don’t Cut ED Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics have often been floated as a lower-cost alternative to emergency department visits for patients with minor complaints, but a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine indicates that patients might not really be trading the...

AMA Renews Commitment to Public Health after Election Results

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the “anxiety” and “dollop of dread” likely resulting from this November’s Presidential election, the American Medical Association will continue its fight to improve public health, educate providers about...

Large Patient-Centered Medical Homes Employ More Care Coordinators

by Jennifer Bresnick

Larger primary care practices and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are significantly more likely to have the resources and skills to offer population health management programs and employ dedicated care coordination staff, according to...

MA Medicaid Embraces Accountable Care, Population Health Models

by Jennifer Bresnick

MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program has received a CMS waiver allowing providers to significantly expand participation in accountable care organizations and innovative integrated delivery models focused on population health management....

Regenstreif EHR Developers Win AMIA Healthcare Informatics Award

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Informatics Association is honoring Burke Mamlin, MD, and Paul Biondich, MD, of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine with the 2016 Donald A.B. Lindburg Award for Innovation...

How Population Health in Med School Preps Docs for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry is a curious mix of cutting-edge innovation and deeply entrenched traditions. Staggeringly complex surgical technologies, electronic health records, and interventions tailored to each patient’s unique DNA live side-by-side...

BCBS Opens Healthcare Big Data Stores to Academic Research Orgs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Alliance for Health Research is delivering an early Christmas present to a number of academic organizations eager to get their hands on a treasure trove of big data, including insurance claims, clinical information,...

Medicare Bolsters Population Health Focus with Payment Changes

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare will be making additional funding opportunities available for physicians who engage in care coordination and population health management strategies that improve the delivery of primary and mental healthcare, CMS announced this week....

AMA: Med School Must Include Population Health, EHRs, Big Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is urging medical schools to use a new textbook to train fledgling physicians in population health management, clinical informatics, and electronic health record use in an effort to prepare the workforce for a...

AMA, MSMS Partnership Promotes Diabetes Management in Michigan

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) are teaming up to improve diabetes management and prevent the development of chronic disease in pre-diabetic patients.  The partnership will attempt to reach approximately...

ACOs Lack Resources, Skills for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations are having difficulty developing and deploying successful population health management programs due to the underlying challenges of coordinating with community services and accessing the resources required to deliver...

CMS QIO Awards Promote Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is continuing to promote population health management, patient safety, and high quality healthcare with a new round of awards to twelve regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).  The Special Innovation...

Blockchain, IoT, Artificial Intelligence Poised to Shake Up Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Only a few short years ago, healthcare organizations were wondering what exactly “big data” was and why they had to care about it.  As the industry moves into 2017, they might have similar questions about the definitions of terms...

AHIMA 2016: Expect Big Data Governance, MACRA, Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The final rule for the MACRA Quality Payment Program isn’t the only thing that’s going to be generating buzz across the healthcare industry next week.  As the 88th annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibition kicks off, thousands of...

Finalized MACRA Quality Payment Program Requires Big Data Push

by Jennifer Bresnick

On your marks – get set – go grab some data.  CMS announced this morning that the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) will indeed go live on January 1, 2017, which doesn’t leave providers much time to read the 2398-page...

Clinical Decision Support May Boost ID of Chronic Kidney Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools, including risk assessments and patient registries, may be able to improve early detection of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine,...

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