Category Archives: by Karen Thomas-Smith

Health system id’s source of new ideas for reform

Proponents of Lean process improvements can’t seem to emphasize enough the importance of engaging all employees and empowering them to become problem solvers. Books, academic reports and articles all address the issue. Their message? Good ideas can come from anywhere – from a newly hired housekeeper to a ready-to-retire nurse manager. The CEO of a […]
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Is your data organized to allow for utilization?

Even early-adopter health systems – leaders in the transition to population health management who have relied on data for some time – find it valuable to review their analytics platforms and ask, ‘what can you do for me now?’ One such system is Mercy health system – a Pioneer ACO and participant in the Physicians Group Practice demonstration […]
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3 analytics deliverables credited with ACO progress

What does it take to create an accountable care organization that meets benchmarks in care delivery and proves to be profitable? Jeff James, Chief Executive Officer at North Carolina-based Wilmington Health, says metrics and analytics allow for his group’s ACO to exist. The ACO was formed as a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]
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Documenting diagnoses makes a difference in care quality.

An often-repeated statistic warns that 8 million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it. There are similar claims about other chronic illnesses, like hypertension and chronic heart failure. If a patient doesn’t know they are missing a diagnosis, their health care provider may not either. The white paper Accurate coding: The foundation of accountable care explains that […]
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Tap into the “greatest intellect in the health care industry”

When a health system surveyed its physicians, it asked a question some might find more suited to MBAs than MDs. North Carolina-based Wilmington Health asked: Is the rate of change within Wilmington Health less than the rate of change in the industry? It’s a question focused on competition and market dynamics — elements of health […]
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Data can help shape patient interventions.

The future success of fee-for-value payment models depends partially on the ability of provider organizations to help patients manage their own health. The idea is that proactive interventions will keep patients healthier and avoid the high costs that arise when a condition worsens to the point of requiring acute care. Analytics can help providers create […]
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COPD offers chance for population health success.

Health care systems know that their patients are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. They also know the expense of treating it. They may not know that COPD offers an opportunity to make an immediate impact in patients’ lives and drive down costs while learning population health management skills. Statistics surrounding COPD are […]
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Analytics are becoming a habit of highly effective ACOs

Even the most practiced at population health management may struggle with one factor deemed by many to be crucial for success as an accountable care organization or ACO. The challenge? Implementing a health IT infrastructure and data analytics strategy. Health IT Analytics lists analytics as a defining capability of successful ACOs. It reports that a robust […]
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3 key elements of any effective analytics strategy

An effective analytics strategy can help provider organizations control costs and identify risks and opportunities – key techniques to succeeding in a world of payments based on outcomes rather than volume. Any effective analytical strategy needs three elements. 1. Highly accurate data Analytics tools that provide the most usable insights generally draw data from a […]
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