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Population Health News

Population Health is Top Data Analytics Challenge for Providers, Payers

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Healthcare payers and providers are focusing their big data analytics work on population health management says a new survey conducted by Deloitte on behalf of NEJM Catalyst, but have yet to overcome many of the major challenges...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Can Aid Antibiotic Stewardship

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To effectively implement antibiotic stewardship programs, hospitals should boost operations with health IT tools, improve data interoperability and data resources, and expand beyond traditional stewardship organizational models, according...

Machine Learning Underpins Predictive Analytics for Hypertension

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A predictive analytics model using machine learning to extract patient EHR data effectively predicted patients at high-risk for hypertension and could ultimately improve care quality and reduce healthcare costs, according to a study...

CHIME Opioid Task Force Launches to Discuss Community Health

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On January 24 and 25, over two dozen healthcare IT leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the first meeting of the CHIME Opioid Task Force. Attendees sought to determine how to best use CHIME members’ expertise and access to critical...

PCPs Lack Time, Tools to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Family physicians recognize the important role that the social determinants of health play in managing population, but lack the time, tools, and resources to have meaningful conversations with their patients, according to a recent survey...

VA Releases Data Visualization of Opioid Prescribing Rates

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is allowing public access to data on opioid prescribing rates at each of its facilities through on an online data visualization.  The interactive map provides comparisons between prescribing...

Broader Genetic Testing for Cancers May Benefit Population Health

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Screening the general population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations through genetic testing is more cost effective than screening only high-risk patients and may improve population health, according to a study published in the...

UCSC Cancer Research Awarded $500,000 Precision Medicine Grant

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The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) has awarded a $500,000 state grant to the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute. Treehouse is the pediatric cancer research arm of the...

Epic, Cerner Get Tepid Population Health User Satisfaction Scores

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Notable EHR vendors, including Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, can’t match the user satisfaction scores of more dedicated population health management products, according to the latest KLAS Research market report. A series of...

Identifying Big Data Sources for Population Health Management

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Effective population health management is beginning to require healthcare providers to rely heavily on big data derived from both their own health IT systems and from their business partners.  Identifying patients at high risk of...

How the Social Determinants of Health Impact Population Wellness

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The social determinants of health, including economic status and demographic factors, significantly drive the impact of chronic diseases and other clinical conditions, according to a Moody’s Analytics report prepared for the Blue...

83 Intermountain Clinics Become Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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The Intermountain Medical Group recently announced that its 83 primary care clinics have received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition as patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). Intermountain, a Utah-based...

Penn State, Highmark Health to Spend $1B on Population Health

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Penn State Health and Highmark Health have announced a population health management partnership designed to deliver quality, value-based care to patients across central Pennsylvania. The partnership includes a joint investment of more...

Population Health, Value-Based Care Still Challenging for ACOs

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As alternative payment models like accountable care organizations (ACOs) start to replace fee-for-service models in healthcare, leaders must translate value-based care policies into realities that will benefit both patients and clinicians....

Physician-Level Data May Not Reduce Opioid Prescription Rates

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Giving physicians individualized data on how their opioid prescription rates compare to their peers may not have a measurable effect on reducing the number of patients who receive the medications, according to a new perspective piece...

In Medicare, Mental Health Disparities Impact Ethnic Minorities

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Multiracial and other minority Medicare beneficiaries generally reported worse mental health functioning and more symptoms of depression compared to white individuals, according to a CMS data highlight from the Medicare Health Outcomes...

LA Housing Program Improves Mental Health, Cuts Hospital Costs

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Providing stable housing for homeless residents of Los Angeles produced both financial and mental health improvements for the city and its homeless populations, a new report on the Housing for Health initiative found. A three-year study...

How the CVS, Aetna Deal Will Overhaul Healthcare Big Data Analytics

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The CVS Health takeover of Aetna has technophiles and analytics pundits abuzz for a number of reasons, many of which have to do with the fundamental reshaping of the consumer landscape in Jeff Bezos’ image.  The looming specter...

Big Data, PCP Engagement Aid Mount Sinai with Population Health

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While the majority of healthcare organizations have at least recognized the importance of population health management, large integrated delivery systems with hundreds of locations and thousands of providers often find it difficult to...

AMA, AHA Applaud Providers for Blood Pressure Control Successes

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The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) are congratulating 310 physician practices and health systems for their commitment to tackle of the nation’s most common chronic diseases: high blood...

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