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How to Integrate Clinical Care with Mental, Behavioral Healthcare

July 17, 2018 - As the industry continues its shift from volume to value, healthcare organizations should consider innovative strategies for incorporating mental and behavioral healthcare services with the clinical environment. Delivering high-quality, preventive care requires clinicians to treat the whole patient, on both the physical and behavioral level. Research has shown that mental health issues a...


UHC, Medtronic Use Value-Based Care to Boost Diabetes Management


A value-based care partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 27 percent, enhanced diabetes management, and cut healthcare costs. First-year results, drawn from an analysis of over 6,00...

BCBSA Tackles Opioids with Big Data, Accreditations, Member Hotline


The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is taking additional steps to combat opioid abuse by leveraging big data analytics and offering more resources to patients and providers seeking to prevent or treat opioid dependence. In 2017, ...Thirty-four states across the nation reduced their opioid prescription rates by 30 percent or more, with Massachusetts seeing a 51 percent decline in filled prescriptions. "Our Prescription Pain Medication Safety Program has had a subs...

Addressing Chronic Disease with Population Health Management Strategies


Chronic diseases are among the most costly, prevalent, and avoidable ailments impacting population health. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and opioid addiction claim thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year. The Cente...

AMA, Google Name Winners of PGHD, Data Sharing Challenge


The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the three winners of its AMA Healthcare Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, a project sponsored by Google Cloud that aims to promote data sharing and create tools that will use pat...

Alabama Recruits for Statewide Population Health, Genomics Program


The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative (AGHI) has begun recruiting participants for its population health program that will use genomic analysis to predict disease. AGHI is a collaborative effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingh...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Has Saved Payer $1.2B Since 2011


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has saved nearly $1.2 billion – yes, billion – since 2011 by implementing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model across ninety percent of its contracted healthcare providers in its mid-Atlant...“Bending the cost curve while improving quality for our members was the principal goal of the PCMH program when it was launched. We are pleased that our data again shows the program is helping to slow the rate at which medical costs g...“Data must be a click away,” the performance report states.  “Without comprehensive views of patterns matched with the ability to drill down into detail at the Member level, the result is inattentiveness on the part o...

AARP Invests $60M in Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease Research


The AARP’s  Brain Health Fund will invest $60 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) to accelerate the development of innovative treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which have profound impacts on long-ter...

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack in Possible Population Health Play


Rumors of Amazon’s entry into the prescription drug distribution market have not been greatly exaggerated.  The e-commerce giant today announced the acquisition of PillPack, a company that offers home delivery of prescription and...

Data Analytics, PDMP Use Can Combat the Opioid Crisis


Healthcare leaders, lawmakers, and regulators can combat the opioid crisis by expanding data access for providers, optimizing data analytics tools, and encouraging alternative methods of pain management, according to recommendations from th...

Eight States Partner for Medicaid Transformation, Data Analytics


The National Governors Association (NGA) has selected eight states from across the nation to participate in a health data exchange and data analytics collaborative intended to foster innovation in Medicaid. Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Ind...

Top 5 Collaborative Tasks for Population Management, Public Health


Promoting and maintaining population health has always required combined effort from public health offices, private healthcare entities, and social service organizations. Each sector plays its own distinct role in addressing the community, ...

CVS to Offer Nationwide Home Delivery of Prescription Drugs


CVS Pharmacy is now offering speedy home delivery of prescription drugs across the nation as a way to improve medication adherence, boster population health, meet consumer expectations – and potentially get ahead of competitors like A...

The Sequoia Project Updates Patient Matching Framework


Improving data integrity, standardizing electronic health record (EHR) practices, and enhancing workflows will reduce the number and severity of patient matching issues, according to a recently released white paper from The Sequoia Project....

Emory, Kaiser Permanente Form Population Health Partnership


Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente have announced a partnership aimed at improving population health management and expanding care access while supporting patients within their communities. The collaboration will turn Emory University H...

ICD-10 Allows Non-Physician Documentation of Social Determinants


Healthcare organizations concerned about how to record data on patients’ social determinants of health are allowed to use non-physician documentation to support ICD-10 coding for common socioeconomic issues, says the American Hospital...

Machine Learning, Wearables Accurately Predict Poor Mental Health


A machine learning algorithm can accurately identify risk factors for mental health issues, including high stress, by analyzing data collected from wearable devices, according to a study published in JMIR. Recent advancements in mobile and ...

CMS: Use Health IT, Medicaid Coverage Options to Combat Opioids


CMS has released two documents describing how states can leverage Medicaid services and health IT tools to support beneficiaries battling opioid addiction. The organization released an Informational Bulletin to guide states on how to cover ...

Costs Fell by 11% When Payer Addressed Social Determinants of Health


Organizations that account for the social determinants of health and connect patients to services that meet their social needs could reduce spending by approximately 11 percent within a year, according to a recent study.   HealthConnec...

FDA Urges Opioids Guidelines to Stem “Biggest Public Health Crisis”


Just like every other public health stakeholder, the FDA is struggling to control the immense impact of opioids on the nation’s health and wellbeing.  The opioid addiction epidemic is currently “the biggest public health cr...


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