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Optum Buys Advisory Board’s Population Health, Data Analytics for $1.3B

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The Advisory Board Company has announced the sale of its population health, data analytics, and healthcare consulting services to Optum, the UnitedHealth Group’s health technology services division. The sale forms half of a two-part, $2.58...

Diabetes Medication Adherence Cuts Costs by 4%, Boosts Outcomes

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Using patient-centered diabetes medication adherence strategies can reduce individual patient costs by around 4 percent while setting the stage for better outcomes, according to a new report by Express Scripts.  The potential for savings...

IBM, JDRF to Apply Machine Learning to Type 1 Diabetes Research

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IBM and JDRF, a global organization funding research into type 1 diabetes, have announced a collaboration that will use machine learning techniques to explore new pathways towards an eventual cure for the autoimmune disease. The project will...

ICU Admissions from Opioid Overdoses Increase 34% Since 2009

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The number of opioid overdoses requiring admission to intensive care has skyrocketed by more than a third since 2009, bringing higher death rates and significantly more spending on high-intensity hospital care, according to a new study from the...

Walgreens Offers Online Library of Population Health Research

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In a bid to further position itself as a leader in population health management that goes far beyond the pharmacy, Walgreens has announced the launch of an online library of healthcare research studies. The Center for Health and Wellbeing Research...

Machine Learning to Fuel “Collective Intelligence” of Human Dx Project

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Machine learning may soon make intelligent, informed healthcare decision-making power available to underserved and uninsured populations through an online global network of volunteer physicians called the Human Diagnosis (Dx) Project.  Supported...

Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

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Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article...

DOJ Leverages Big Data Analytics to Combat Opioid Fraud, Abuse

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The Department of Justice has announced a new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit that will largely rely on healthcare data analytics to identify and address misuse of controlled substances. The task force, which will focus specifically on...

Claims Data Analytics Show Diabetes Has Third Largest Health Impact

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Diabetes remains among the top three most impactful, costly, and common chronic diseases in the nation, says a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), significantly affecting more patients than heart disease, cancer, or...

ACA Uncertainty Won’t Alter Population Health Focus for Hospitals

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Despite the endless political wrangling over the Affordable Care Act and the uncertainty created by the White House’s obfuscation about continued marketplace funding, population health management isn’t slipping down the priority list...

NQF: Adding Socioeconomic Risk to Population Health Measures is a Challenge

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Socioeconomic risk factors and community determinants of health are becoming increasingly important to care providers concerned about how to succeed with population health management and chronic disease care, yet incorporating these variables...

Online Population Health Data Dashboard Grows to Include 500 Cities

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Robust and actionable population health data at the city and neighborhood level is traditionally hard to come by, especially if community planners are looking for datasets presented in a slickly-packaged online dashboard free for public use....

Gaps in Chronic Disease Care Leave Patients, Docs Frustrated

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Patients and healthcare providers are both struggling to overcome gaps in education, knowledge, and confidence about how to effective engage in chronic disease management, according to a new report by West. Despite the health system’s growing...

How Do Population Health, Public Health, Community Health Differ?

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The rapid proliferation of value-based care arrangements, driven by EHR adoption and the subsequent explosion of big data, has given providers both the opportunity and the financial imperative to focus on delivering holistic, preventive healthcare...

Top 10 Challenges of Population Health Management

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Population health management has become a must-have competency for healthcare providers of all types, sizes, and specialties. As risk-based contracting and pay-for-performance arrangements start to provide enhanced financial incentives for...

Regenstrief, IU to Offer Population Health, Informatics Training

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The Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University (IU) have announced a new program focusing on training researchers in population health informatics.  Funded by a $2.5 million award from the National Library of Medicine, the collaboration...

Mental Health Patients Receive Half of All Opioid Prescriptions

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While patients with recognized mental health issues comprise just over 15 percent of the US population, these individuals receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions from providers, according to a new study published in the Journal...

Racial Disparities Rife in Medicare 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

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Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found that there are significant racial disparities for 30-day hospital readmissions rates between black and white Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) patients. In the study, the...

CMS Support Program Turns Safety Net Providers into Medical Homes

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Federally qualified healthcare centers (FQHCs) that received technical and financial assistance from a CMS demonstration program were significantly more likely to become high-level patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) than peers who did not...

mHealth, Socioeconomic Data Address Diabetes Care Disparities

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Three studies presented at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 77th Scientific Sessions assessed the ways in which mHealth and socioeconomic data can decrease care disparities among patients with diabetes. These methods, the ADA suggests,...

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