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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

FDA Asks for Input on Modernizing to Meet Public Health Needs

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The FDA is urging healthcare stakeholders to provide input on how reshaping the agency’s complex regulations could better help the industry meet its most pressing public health needs, says Anna Abram, Deputy Commissioner for Policy,...

Cost is a Primary Driver of Medication Non-Adherence Rates

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The high cost of prescription drugs is what drives 67 percent of patients into medication non-adherence, according to the latest Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll, contributing to a multi-billion-dollar issue that is of particular...

Patient Safety at Risk as 52% of Adults Misuse Prescriptions, Opioids

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More than half of adult patients misused one or more prescription drugs in 2016, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis, including legal and illegal opioids.  The high rate of substance misuse – including the 22 percent...

CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse

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Improving the nation’s big data analytics capabilities is critical for success in the ongoing fight against opioid abuse at the state level, says the CDC, as the substance abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities on a massive...

How Many Emergency Department Visits are Really Avoidable?

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Reducing emergency department utilization is a top goal for many population health management and value-based care initiatives, but how many trips to the ED could actually be classified as “avoidable” in the first...

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