Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Quality Of Care

OIG to Review Hospital Quality, Population Health in 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

OIG oversight will ensure that public health agencies are utilizing resources appropriately while providing high quality services. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will continue to make reviews of public health organizations and population...

Can Analytics Help False Hand Hygiene Reporting to Come Clean?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic hand hygiene compliance can provide better data analytics to tackle a constant threat to patient safety. Reported hand hygiene rates are notoriously much higher than the actual rate of compliance, but data analytics and electronic...

Study: Retail clinics provide same quality as EDs, urgent care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Are retail clinics really a viable solution to overcrowded emergency departments packed primary care calendars?  A new study from the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) indicates that retail clinics from pharmacy chains such as CVS Health,...

AMA: Meaningful use must foster quality data, interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use isn’t doing its job when it comes to fostering clean, quality data and health IT interoperability, the American Medical Association (AMA) states in a letter to CMS and the ONC, nor does it allow for effective quality reporting. ...

Docs return to bad antibiotic habits when monitoring ends

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians being monitored for overprescribing antibiotics may return to their bad habits when feedback about their performance ends, according to a new study published in JAMA this month.  While stewardship interventions are effective in reducing...

Congress wants end-of-life planning reimbursed by CMS

by Jennifer Bresnick

End-of-life planning for elderly or terminally ill patients should be adequately reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, says a Congressional letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, in order to encourage documented decision making for difficult...

CMS Innovation Award funds EHR care coordination pilot

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thanks to a three-year Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award, the Association of American Medical Colleges and a group of five academic medical centers will be testing the impact of integrating care coordination features like electronic...

High-cost hepatitis C pill sees 8% non-adherence rate

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 95% effective hepatitis C therapy that made the healthcare industry do a double-take at the $1000-per-day price tag is presenting some serious medication adherence problems for patients who are prescribed the 12-week course of therapy. ...

ONC: Just 28% of patients have online access to health data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients are finding it tough to engage with providers through portals or other online access to their medical records, says a new issue brief by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), despite the recent focus on expanding data access...

Clinical quality, patient engagement kick off Health IT Week

by Jennifer Bresnick

National Health IT Week is upon us once again as the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) invites industry stakeholders to discuss the most pressing healthcare technology and delivery questions facing patients and providers.  With five themed...

Harvard School of Public Health gets $350M donation

by Jennifer Bresnick

The largest donation in Harvard’s long and storied history will bolster the endowment of one of the University’s smaller schools and will place a focus on the importance of public health in an era of widespread healthcare reform and critical...

FDA approves 90% accurate at-home colorectal cancer screening

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an at-home colorectal cancer screening tool that is up to 90% accurate in detecting the common cancer, potentially expanding access to the test to patients who are leery of an invasive colonoscopy. ...

Frequent 30-day readmission patients skew younger, study says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients at the highest risk of very frequent 30-day readmissions may not be the most likely suspects, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Jeanne T. Black, PhD, MBA, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, found...

Inefficient communication costs a hospital $1.7 million a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

The average US hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor coordination and communication among members of staff, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute and Imprivata, and may be draining up to $11 billion from the nationwide...

Mass. grants foster clinical analytics, patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next fifteen years, the Partnership for Community Health is planning to dole out $90 million in grants to Massachusetts hospitals in order to support care coordination, access to care, and health information technology.  With more than...

United cuts more Medicare doctors to control costs in MA

by Jennifer Bresnick

After taking similar actions in Rhode Island and Connecticut late last year, national insurer UnitedHealthcare plans to eliminate about 700 Massachusetts physicians from its Medicare Advantage network as a way to control costs within the healthcare...

AMA adopts policy defining team-based medical care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Members of the American Medical Association (AMA) have voted to approve a measure outlining the definition of team-based health care and providing physicians with a list of elements to consider when developing new delivery models that encourage...

Earlier chemo for prostate cancer gives men an extra 14 months

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who opt for chemotherapy treatments earlier in their battle against prostate cancer may live for a median of 14 months longer than those who delay due to the fear of side effects, finds a study presented at a meeting of the American...

Telehealth eye screenings push patients towards specialists

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient receiving telemedicine screenings for eye conditions may avoid a trip to their primary care physician, but ophthalmologists need to be prepared to handle the influx of patients that will be headed directly their way, says a JAMA study...

Statins no help for COPD, ARDS, find aborted clinical trials

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers may be encouraged to prescribe more statins for the care of hypertension in vulnerable populations, but the widely-used class of drugs has no significant positive effects for patients looking to prevent flare-ups of chronic obstructive...

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