Category Archives: by Carl Johnson

Population analytics bolsters preventive services

My previous post outlined how increasing preventive services outreach can keep people healthier and result in better financial outcomes. But this can only happen if payers and providers know who need those services. This is where population analytic tools come into play. The two components of successful population analytics are comprehensive data and technology systems […]
Read More »

Benefits of preventive services known, but older adults not using them

As the health care industry moves toward value-based reimbursement, the use of preventive services seems obvious. It’s become obvious, at least, to a number of health plans who are incentivizing the use of well visits, screenings, and other preventive programs to keep patients healthy. In January 2013, states that offered preventive programs at low or […]
Read More »

Prevention takes more than an apple a day

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It may be a cliché, but it is also a truism. Today, prevention in health care is more important than ever. Several key changes are pushing payers and providers more deeply into preventive services for the populations they serve. The rise of value-based care is […]
Read More »

Trusting predictive analytics

Most likely, the last time you purchased something online you were offered “recommendations” or saw what “others also liked.” The technology behind these common prompts uses predictive analytics. Your online merchant is leveraging data about your shopping and online searching behavior to predict their desired outcome — that you might buy something else! As we […]
Read More »

Making the most of health care claims data in value-based care

In my last blog post, I wrote about the need for using clinical data to create a comprehensive data set for analytics. The other side of that equation, however, is using claims data effectively. Providers already can more easily leverage claims data than clinical because of stronger reporting tools and standards, but there are some […]
Read More »

Clinical data a must for managing patient risk

In the new health care economy, we counsel providers seeking to strengthen their position should utilize a comprehensive data set. But too often, health care providers are limited in the data they use. Medicare claims data are their traditional source of data, and it’s often used as their main source of health care intelligence. It’s […]
Read More »

Analytics are key to engaging providers in the process of change

As health care groups continue to grow larger, it becomes increasingly difficult for information to flow from the health care providers to the central office and vice versa. I have seen this happen to a number of health care organizations that were rapidly adding new practices and personnel. How does a growing organization keep the […]
Read More »

Florida Medical Clinic scores new contracts after using analytics

In the move from fee-for-service to value-based health care a number of organizations are missing the target. I have seen several very good health care groups miss out on substantial value-based contracts because they could not take on the risks. The solution is to manage the risks through the utilization of analytics. Florida Medical Clinic, […]
Read More »

Analytics helps Cornerstone create Patient Advocate program

Gaps in care are a common affliction among health care organizations across the nation. I have seen it in otherwise good practices, both large and small, yet these groups somehow either overlook the problem or don’t know it exists. Cornerstone Health Care was suffering from “gaps in care,” that is patients who were not receiving […]
Read More »

Aurora reduces heart failure admissions through analytics

Identifying and treating high-risk patients in the new health care economy can make a significant positive impact to your bottom line. But who, you ask, are our high-risk patients and how do we find them? I recently listened to Dr. Sylvia Meltzer talk about this issue and how Aurora Health Care found a viable solution. […]
Read More »