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State-Led Programs Help Meet Population Health Management Goals

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While providers work in the trenches to improve patient outcomes and hospital quality, many states have also established population health management programs to boost the region’s overall healthcare performance. A new online resource from...

Population Health Scorecard Shows Geographical Divides in Quality

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Much of the nation gets a passing grade for care quality, access, and overall population health, according to new data from the Commonwealth Fund, but striking differences in performance, outcomes, and affordability of basic services persist...

Historical Big Data Analytics Study will Examine Dementia

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Kaiser Permanente is reaching back in time with its latest big data analytics research effort aimed at illuminating risk factors associated with brain health and the development of dementia.  Using information from physical exams conducted...

Rural Healthcare Grants Tackle Population Health Management

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Rural healthcare organizations often operate under several major disadvantages compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.  Small facilities with shoestring funding and limited access to advanced care providers and technologies have...

5 Test Cases to Prove the Value of Population Health Management

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Even for the most enthusiastic and forward-thinking healthcare organization, developing robust and impactful population health management programs can be a difficult proposition.  Budget constraints, a lack of commitment from executive leaders,...

Poor Medication Adherence Impacts Close to Half of Diabetics

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Nearly half of Medicare diabetic patients are unable to keep up with recommended medication adherence rates, according to a new report from IMS Health, leading to serious chronic disease complications and millions in preventable spending. Diabetic...

ACC, AHA Update Clinical Quality Measures for Heart Problems

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In an effort to reduce harmful variation in care, prepare providers for pay-for-performance contracting, and aid the development of population health management analytics, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association...

EHR Socioeconomic Data a Must for Population Health Management

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Socioeconomic data that helps to take the “vital signs” of a patient’s community must be integrated into the electronic health record if providers are to have a chance of implementing effective population health management strategies,...

6 Success Factors for Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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The patient-centered medical home has become a popular and promising framework for improving care coordination, fostering preventative care, and generating better outcomes for patients, including children.  The patient-centered medical home’s...

Value-Based Care to Spur New Population Health Management Tools

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Value-based care and risk-based reimbursement contracts will continue to be a catalyst for the development and implementation of innovative population health management tools, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.  As providers...

Leveraging Risk Stratification for Population Health Management

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Understanding a patient’s risk for developing new conditions – and a provider’s financial risk for treating those conditions – is the foundation for meaningful population health management, according to a new report from...

Care Coordination Improves Outcomes for Dual Eligible Patients

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Patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid experience better healthcare outcomes when they have access to health plans that bolster care coordination between both programs, according to a recent blog post from the Centers for Medicare...

AMA Adopts New Patient Safety, Population Health Policies

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The annual meeting of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates produced a slew of new policies and position statements designed to help the nation’s physicians improve patient safety, expand access to care, leverage emerging...

AMA Urges Payers to Cover Chronic Disease Management Program

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked private and public healthcare payers to include the National Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit to advance chronic disease management strategies for beneficiaries with prediabetes....

NCQA Releases Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Updates

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is requesting industry comment on its updates to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards guide for 2017. In a press release, NCQA describes its updates, saying that these updates...

Analyzing Medicare Chronic Disease Prevalence, Spending Rates

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Helping patients improve their chronic disease management skills is one of the most common tasks for primary care providers, and also one of the most costly.  Caring for patients with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, chronic kidney disease,...

State Monitoring, Predictive Analytics May Cut Opioid Abuse

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Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease aren’t the only epidemics affecting the patient population across the nation.  Prescription opioid abuse, misuse, and overdoses also cause serious harm and thousands of deaths each year as providers...

How to Use Big Data for Tailored Population Health Management

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Let’s travel to the very near future of population health management. The hypothetical ABC Health Plan recently got a new member: Selma, a 57-year-old woman with heart failure. To help Selma manage her condition, improve her quality of...

Using Health Coaching to Improve Chronic Disease Management

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New research supports claims that robust health coaching helps enhance chronic disease management for safety net populations. In a recent article published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, lead researcher Anjana E. Sharma,...

Geisinger Patient-Centered Medical Home Cuts Care Costs by 9%

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The debate over the true value of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues with a new study by Geisinger Health System, which indicates that the comprehensive care framework may be able to reduce the total costs of patient care by nearly...

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