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Healthcare leaders continue to push for value-based care

Posted by Adam Voight on Feb 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A recent article from Fierce Healthcare highlights industry leaders’ commitment to “advancing the highest quality, most cost-effective healthcare system in the world”. They want to ensure the new administration supports a value-based care system. “Though private and public sector alignment, the move toward value-based care is succeeding, measurably improving healthcare quality and contributing to historically low costs. Now is not the time for policymakers to signal a shift away from value-based care, either through action or inaction,” they wrote.

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Topics: EHR, value-based care, population health

What can we expect in healthcare in 2017?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There’s no doubt that the buzz around health care has only intensified with the recent election. Healthcare experts, politicians and media across the country are discussing what significant changes are possible this upcoming year.  “Top health industry issues of 2017: A year of uncertainty and opportunity,” one of the latest reports released from Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC), highlights the forces that will have the most impact in 2017.

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Topics: value-based care, population health, healthcare reform

5 Signs Your Population Health Management Efforts are On Track

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Improving population health continues to become more of a priority for many primary care providers. That’s because population health management has earned recognition as a way to improve both clinical and financial outcomes. Not to mention, the recent final MACRA rulings involve regulated financial incentives for providers to achieve the goals of population health management

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Topics: population health, population health management

How Well are You Really Managing Your Population Health?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Population health management has been a hot topic for some time. If you have started looking into population health opportunities, you may have questions about how to get started and what steps you need to take to achieve the best results. Below are a few questions that we put together to help you evaluate your initial efforts and identify actions you should take to maximize your success. Answer the following questions and read the corresponding tips to learn what steps you might be missing when it comes to population health management.

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Topics: population health, population health management

ACOs and the Population Health Management Challenge

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jul 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Five years from now, the accountable care landscape will look considerably different than it does today. There will be many more contracts that involve healthcare providers sharing risk – compared to today’s contracts that share savings but limit risk. As ACOs evolve into risk-bearing entities, healthcare providers need to actively work to improve how they manage patient populations. And they need to do so while simultaneously working to deliver on accountable care’s three primary goals of lowering costs, increasing quality, and improving patient satisfaction. While this progress all sounds fine, population health management is a big job, and for medical professionals that are new to it, population health management can seem like a tough mountain to climb.

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Topics: population health, ACO, population health management

Pop Health Management: Whole Data for Whole Care

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The big picture for population health management is an overall culture change, organizations working together and sharing their data for the best outcomes. Your organization should be population-driven, yet patient-centered. Rather than just focusing on narrowly caring for specific diseases or issues, put your efforts towards helping people become and stay healthy.  Whole care is about providing care through the spectrum of health, which includes prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment and care management.

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Topics: population health, data, whole care

Population Health Management: What Do We Do with All this Data?

Posted by Revee White on Mar 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: population health, data information

Population Health Management: Who's in the Driver's Seat?

Posted by Belinda Ireland, MD, MS on Mar 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It seems everybody’s talking about population health management. If you search You Tube, you’ll find about 38,000 videos on population health management. At conferences like the HIMSS annual meeting, you’ll find people frequently tweeting about #populationhealth.

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Topics: population health, whole care

Pop Health: It's All About that Data

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The buzzword Population Health Management (PHM) has popped up more and more the past few years, but do any of us still really understand what it means?

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Topics: care coordination, population health, quality measurement

Population Health Management: It's Time to Act

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Feb 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Actions speak louder than words. We’ve all heard the saying, so why is it still so hard to “act” sometimes? The healthcare industry as a whole knows that population health management is critical to the future of healthcare. The question is, are you doing something about it?

According to a recent survey from Numerof & Associates, several hospitals are not. More than 100 major healthcare decision-makers and 300 healthcare executives provided feedback about their efforts towards value-based models of care. The consensus was the majority are barely dipping their toes in the water. Everyone is talking about population health, but what actions are they taking?

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Topics: population health

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