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CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

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Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care for veterans,...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

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A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization costs....

CMS Picks Care Coordination Hubs for Accountable Health Program

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CMS has selected 32 participants for its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program, an effort to improve care coordination and address the socioeconomic determinates of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid populations. The five-year...

NCQA Revamps Patient-Centered Medical Home to Ease Adoption

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NCQA has announced a redesign of its popular patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition program that will lower the burdens of adoption and upkeep for primary care providers. The new patient-centered medical home process promotes flexibility...

Population Health Management Could Cut US Disability Spending

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As healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government agencies search for more creative ways to reduce spending on public and private benefits programs, they may not have to look much further than the basics of population health management....

Web-Based Health Risk Assessments Accurately Flag Depression

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Web-based health risk assessments (HRAs) are an accurate and cost-effective way to screen patients for depression, finds a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, allowing healthcare providers to proactively stratify high-risk...

Big Data Analytics Link Economic Wellness to Population Health

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Population health and economic prosperity are intrinsically linked, according to a new nationwide analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association, giving healthcare providers an even greater incentive to deliver holistic, preventive...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

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The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

Population Health Management May Worsen Physician Shortage

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As the financial and professional environment for clinicians keeps getting tougher and tougher, the healthcare system is likely to continue experiencing a significant physician shortage, with up to 105,000 vacant positions expected by 2030, says...

YMCA Diabetes Management Program Saves $1100 per Patient a Year

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The YMCA may not be a traditional healthcare provider, but its widely acclaimed diabetes management program sets a good example for organizations seeking innovative ways to boost patients’ chronic care skills while cutting costs. The program,...

CMS Promotes Chronic Care Management with Provider Education

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CMS and the HRSA are hoping to broaden the use of chronic care management strategies by delivering education and support to providers via its new Connected Care program.   The CMS Office of Minority Health and HRSA Federal Office of Rural...

SAMHSA Offers $142.9M in Grants for Substance Abuse Programs

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently taking applications for participation in a new grant program that will offer up to $142.9 million to population health management programs looking to address...

Mental Health, Primary Care Integration Cuts Depression Scores

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Integrating mental healthcare into the primary care ecosystem can drastically reduce patient-reported depression scores and enhance the overall experience of care, says a new article published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine....

Communities Tackle Opioid Abuse with EHRs, Population Health

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The opioid abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities across the nation despite increased attention to physician prescribing habits, unauthorized drug access, and population health management strategies intended to reduce misuse of addictive...

Incomplete Population Health Data Exacerbates Care Disparities

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Managed care policymakers do not have access to enough clean, complete, and accurate socioeconomic and population health data on the millions of patients depending on public insurance programs for care, according to a new article in Health Affairs....

New Population Health Strategies Needed in $42.5B IT Market

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Over the next five years, the population health management technology market is predicted to grow into a $42.54 billion opportunity, according to a Research and Markets report, but healthcare providers will need to adopt new care strategies at...

EHR, CPOE “Value Chain” Begins and Ends with Patient Safety

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The healthcare industry has had a difficult time finding value in electronic health records and other health IT tools, including computerized provider order entry (CPOE).  Despite claims that electronic documentation can improve patient...

Chronic Care Management Improves Pediatric Outcomes by 20%

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A comprehensive chronic care management program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) helped to significant raise performance on certain pediatric outcome measures and streamline quality improvement, says an article published in the Joint...

Specialists Get Higher Marks than PCPs for PCMH Satisfaction

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Primary care providers may not be providing all the benefits the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has to offer, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care, lagging behind their specialist peers in several measures of satisfaction...

Cardiovascular Disease May Incur $1 Trillion in Costs by 2035

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Over the next two decades, cardiovascular disease is likely to impact 45 percent of the United States population and generate more than $1.1 trillion in chronic disease management costs, acute care spending, and lost productivity per year, a...

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