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Artificial Intelligence Tool Passes UK Medical Diagnostics Exam

June 28, 2018 - An artificial intelligence tool from a company in the United Kingdom has scored higher than the average human trainee on an exam designed to test new doctors’ clinical diagnostic skills. The offering from Babylon Health achieved a score of 81 percent on “a representative sample set of questions” from the MRCGP exam, the final test for students before receiving their...


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Barbershop Population Health Pilot Cuts Uncontrolled Hypertension

by Jennifer Bresnick

Barbers in Los Angeles helped cut their patrons’ blood pressure along with their hair in a new study aimed at reducing uncontrolled hypertension among non-Hispanic black males.  Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center...

PCPs Lack Time, Tools to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Family physicians recognize the important role that the social determinants of health play in managing population, but lack the time, tools, and resources to have meaningful conversations with their patients, according to a recent survey...

Developing Community Partners for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether they are participating in value-based reimbursements or still based in fee-for-service, the vast majority of primary care providers are keenly aware that they can no longer afford to go it alone.  Consumer expectations are...

200+ Healthcare Orgs Share Vision for Primary Care Transformation

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 200 healthcare organizations have signed on to a joint vision for primary care transformation that prioritizes coordinated, data-driven, and team-based services, says the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). With...

How Mayo Clinic Uses CDS Algorithms to Standardize Nurse Triage

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare system has always relied on primary care providers to be the initial point of contact for patients with routine care needs and low-level complaints – a role that has become increasingly important as organizations try...

CMS Expands Comprehensive Primary Care Plus to New Regions

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has announced the expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program to four new regions, adding to a successful primary care model that serves patients with complex needs. Eligible participants in Louisiana, Nebraska,...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization...

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The...

NCQA Revamps Patient-Centered Medical Home to Ease Adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

NCQA has announced a redesign of its popular patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition program that will lower the burdens of adoption and upkeep for primary care providers. The new patient-centered medical home process promotes...

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...

Peterson Center Initiative Transforms Delivery of Primary Care

by Nathan Boroyan

A new initiative being rolled out in clinics in three states is looking to transform primary care services by implementing a high-performance, lower-cost model that prioritizes patient engagement and population health management. The...

CMS Seeks Providers for Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for practices to participate in its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) delivery model. According to a press release, the agency is looking for...

NCQA Releases Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Updates

by Sara Heath

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is requesting industry comment on its updates to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards guide for 2017. In a press release, NCQA describes its updates, saying that these...

Primary Care Access Aids Diabetes Chronic Disease Management

by Jacqueline LaPointe

As the healthcare industry transitions to value-based care, more providers are putting primary care physicians at the center of chronic disease management programs. However, many physicians wonder how to reach out and provide quality care...

CMS Unveils Value-Based Patient-Centered Primary Care Model

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, a new multi-payer patient-centered primary care model which aims to allow providers to deliver flexible, individualized...

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