Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

CMS to Require Health Information Exchange for Long-Term Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new proposed rule released this week in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging would require long-term care (LTC) facilities and nursing homes to participate in health information exchange, CMS says.  During a patient transfer...

AMA, White House Boost Chronic Disease Management Efforts

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the White House Conference on Aging gets underway, the American Medical Association (AMA) is helping to promote major efforts to improve chronic disease management for the millions of Americans living with costly conditions such as diabetes,...

Andy Slavitt Nominated to Head CMS, but Faces Challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt may be moving into Medicare’s top spot permanently if the Senate confirms the White House’s Thursday nomination, major news outlets report.  Slavitt, who stepped in to fill the position vacated...

Care Coordination Plan Cuts DASH Hospital Readmissions by 9%

by Jennifer Bresnick

The implementation of a care coordination strategy for patients at risk of negative outcomes related to certain mental or behavioral health conditions helped to reduce the preventable 30-day hospital readmission rate at Brigham and Women’s...

Care Coordination, Quality Projects Win HHS Innovation Awards

by Jennifer Bresnick

Several collaborative projects focused on improving care coordination and care quality are among the recipients of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards, Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this month.  The eighth annual award ceremony, held on June...

EHR Predictive Analytics Flag 32% of Nursing Home Patient Falls

by Jennifer Bresnick

Incorporating EHR data into predictive analytics algorithms increases the accuracy of identifying patients at high risk of harmful falls, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association...

Ore. Accountable Care Organizations Continue to Boost Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Oregon’s network of sixteen coordinated care organizations (CCOs), similar to accountable care organizations springing up across the nation, are continuing their steady march towards improved quality and cost savings, the Oregon Health...

ACC: Care Coordination Vital for Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Policymakers and healthcare providers must focus on improving strategies for comprehensive care coordination if they are to make headway against the rising tide of chronic disease, says the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in a letter to...

Patient Management, Attribution Program Expands Access to Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

While hospitals and health systems face numerous obstacles when it comes to caring for patients across a complex, convoluted continuum of care, sometimes the most challenging part of the process is ensuring that patients are able to make initial...

Three Outreach Strategies to Raise ACO Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

A three-step strategy for beneficiary outreach can help to raise the level of patient engagement in an accountable care organization (ACO) environment, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Effective...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Plays Critical Role in Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has plenty of big data on its hands, but the ability to extract meaningful, actionable insights from this wealth of raw information will be the key to improving quality and patient outcomes across the developing learning...

More Employers Tackling Population Health Management on Site

by Jennifer Bresnick

More and more patients who spend the majority of their waking hours at the office are getting access to primary care services and population health management programs without straying too far from the break room, says a new survey by Towers...

Medicare Data Reveals Trends in Utilization, Chronic Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is doing its best to keep its commitment to data transparency alive by opening up a huge new store of information on hospital and physician service utilization.  The data, generated from Medicare...

$112M Grant from HHS, AHRQ to Help Hypertension, Stroke Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced $112 million in grant funding to support population health management programs related to the reduction of hypertension, heart attacks,...

Northwestern Receives $15M Population Health Management Grant

by Jennifer Bresnick

With a $15 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine will be leading a $15 million population health management research consortium focused on improving...

How Clinical Analytics, EHRs Produce 90% Hypertension Control

by Jennifer Bresnick

The population health management programs within the Kaiser Permanente healthcare system are famous for achieving significant results, and the Hypertension Program Improvement Process, which has helped close to 90 percent of patients in the network...

Is Maintaining the Patient-Centered Medical Home Worth It?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers faced with a quicksand landscape of labor-intensive mandates, changing reimbursements, shrinking revenues, and dammed up data streams have successfully turned to practice improvement frameworks like the patient-centered medical...

Patient Experience Ratings Depend on Big Data Analytics, HIE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Few things make as much of an instant, lasting impression in the mind of a consumer than a five-star rating.  This simple, immediately recognizable system, used to rank everything from electronics to media to tourist attractions, has been...

PCMH Wins HIMSS Davies Award for Population Health Management

by Kyle O'Leary

Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) Grove Medical Associates has been selected as the 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence. The prized award selects organizations that have best exemplified EHR-enabled improvements and achieved key...

EHR Alerts Increase HPV Vaccine Rates Ten Times Over

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR alerts that help providers remember to start or complete the HPV vaccine for pediatric patients have significantly increased the rate of protection against cervical cancer.  Patients between the ages of 9 and 18 were three times more...

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