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In Medicare, Mental Health Disparities Impact Ethnic Minorities

December 15, 2017 - Multiracial and other minority Medicare beneficiaries generally reported worse mental health functioning and more symptoms of depression compared to white individuals, according to a CMS data highlight from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). The data, collected between 2014 and 2016, also showed that individuals identifying as “multiethnic” were among the most likely to...


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LA Housing Program Improves Mental Health, Cuts Hospital Costs

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Providing stable housing for homeless residents of Los Angeles produced both financial and mental health improvements for the city and its homeless populations, a new report on the Housing for Health initiative found. A three-year study of the...

How the CVS, Aetna Deal Will Overhaul Healthcare Big Data Analytics

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The CVS Health takeover of Aetna has technophiles and analytics pundits abuzz for a number of reasons, many of which have to do with the fundamental reshaping of the consumer landscape in Jeff Bezos’ image.  The looming specter of...

Big Data, PCP Engagement Aid Mount Sinai with Population Health

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While the majority of healthcare organizations have at least recognized the importance of population health management, large integrated delivery systems with hundreds of locations and thousands of providers often find it difficult to drive positive...

AMA, AHA Applaud Providers for Blood Pressure Control Successes

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The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) are congratulating 310 physician practices and health systems for their commitment to tackle of the nation’s most common chronic diseases: high blood pressure that...

Humana Pins Social Determinants of Health to Better Quality of Life

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Taking a proactive approach to addressing the social determinants of health within a patient’s community can translate into measurably higher quality-of-life scores, Humana says in a new peer-reviewed article. By working within the community...

70% of Residents Feel Prepared for Population Health Management

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Just under 70 percent of family medicine residents feel adequately prepared to handle the analytics and care coordination strategies involved in population health management, according to a new study published in Family Medicine. Using data from...

Eye Docs Looking for Big Data, Population Health Analytics Research

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and non-profit Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) are offering thousands of dollars in grant funding for research projects that leverage the IRIS Registry database to identify new approaches for eliminating...

AHIMA Offers Clinical Documentation Tips for Opioid Abuse

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) are becoming devastatingly common as the opioid abuse epidemic rages on, but providers may not be creating clinical documentation with a high enough quality to use in SUD research and population health management...

CMS Expands Promising Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

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CMS has announced a final rule expanding the availability of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) starting in 2018.  The model, which pairs a classroom-style support group with CDC-approved patient education guidelines, has undergone...

CMS Eases Medicaid Barriers to Substance Abuse, Opioid Treatment

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State Medicaid programs will have more opportunities to design programs to meet their residents’ substance abuse and opioid addiction treatment needs, CMS announced this week. Following the declaration of the opioid abuse epidemic as a...

NIH Takes on Population Health Disparities with Social Epigenomics

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The combination of precision medicine and population health management will help to reduce health disparities among underserved patients, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) believes. A new $26.2 million grant program, funded as part of the...

Is a Public Health Emergency Enough to Combat the Opioid Crisis?

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The opioid crisis is now an official public health emergency, the White House announced this week, recognizing the incredible toll of illegal drugs and prescription painkillers on the American population. With more than 300,000 opioid-related...

Developing Community Partners for Population Health Management

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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 changing,...

CVS Health, Epic Systems Using Big Data to Control Drug Costs

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CVS Health and Epic Systems have launched a strategic big data analytics initiative aimed at controlling prescription costs, the two companies announced this week.  CVS Health, which uses Epic electronic health records (EHRs) in its MinuteClinic...

200+ Healthcare Orgs Share Vision for Primary Care Transformation

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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 an...

ACOs Focus on Health IT, Population Health Management Plans

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Trimming costs by implementing coordinated, high-touch population health management initiatives is the primary focus for the majority of accountable care organizations (ACOs) responding to a new poll conducted by National Association of ACOs...

HIV/AIDS Patient Registries, EHR Use Improve Population Health

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The combination of an electronic health record (EHR) and a digital patient registry is starting to significantly improve care for individuals with HIV and AIDS in a number of clinics and health systems across the country, says ONC Chief Medical...

HRSA Awards $200M for Opioid Abuse, Behavioral Health Services

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced $200 million in grant funding to help local communities deliver behavioral health services and proactive responses to opioid abuse. The funding will be divided between 1178...

Health Data Exchange Could Save Medicare $3.12 Billion a Year

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An integrated national health data exchange system could reduce Medicare spending by more than $3 billion each year by enhancing coordinated care and fostering more effective population health management programs, asserts a new study by researchers...

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