Category Archives: by Leslie Cozatt

Analytics provides “one report card” for physicians

In today’s health care, there are a lot of players – and a lot of payers, each with their own standards for evaluating physicians and the care they provide. As Greg Kile, CEO of the analytics firm Populytics, explains in an Optum® video, his company’s top 10 payers have 176 different metrics. Being washed over […]
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Data sharing: Putting an end to communication breakdowns

One of the buzzwords in health care reform is “interoperability.” But what’s behind the buzz? Interoperability is the ability to share data across systems and analyze and use the data. But it’s not just about sharing for sharing’s sake. The goal is to use information to create bigger, more complete data sets that can power […]
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What health care execs can learn from Billy Beane

“We are in the midst of a generational business model transformation. It takes a strong man or woman to stand up in front of an organization and say we are going in a different direction.” Health care consultant Ted Schwab, formerly of Oliver Wyman, is quoted in the Optum eBook Moneyball, emphasizing the importance of […]
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3 categories of non-clinical factors lead to readmissions

Failure to follow up with a physician or follow a medication regimen can cause a recently released patient to end up right back in the hospital. But there are other, non-clinical factors that also lead to readmissions. The causes can be grouped into three main categories: Patients’ medical literacy According to the National Network of Libraries […]
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In healthcare, real time isn’t always soon enough

Analytics platforms that provide insights immediately after data is collected can help physicians and care managers make the most of their time with patients. Real-time data integration allows care teams to engage patients closer to the point of care and make decisions on next steps. But in some cases even data accessible in real time […]
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Confirm patients’ medical memories to develop complete health histories

Can you remember what you wore to work last Thursday? How about what you had for lunch yesterday? We humans aren’t particularly great at recalling details. Study after study shows it. Colonoscopy patients don’t remember details of their procedures when more than a year has passed, according to a report in Healio. How about hip […]
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Becky’s Story: A Total Game Changer

Clinical research studies are vital in the health care industry to find out what is working and what isn’t. In some instances, they also create the potential to save a life. That was the case for a woman named Becky Fowler. She signed up for a research study on cholesterol with PMG Research and Wilmington […]
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Who should make up the team that directs your move to accountable care?

As the U.S. health care system moves away from reimbursement models that reward volume and toward those that reward care coordination – traditional industry roles are blurring. • New #5in5 video: Fee for value requires revised relationships As this integration accelerates, organizations must build new governance structures that can provide strategic direction and accountability. That […]
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Identify the linchpin to cultural change

There are hurdles that make implementing an analytics platform a unique challenge. But at its core the job is really one of change management. The linchpin to any cultural change is clinical and administrative leadership. Dr. Lewis Sandy, senior vice president of clinical advancement for UnitedHealth Group, says leadership is probably the most difficult requirement […]
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ACOs and the future of health care

Are accountable care organizations (ACOs) the future of health care? In Washington, DC and throughout the country, a lot of people are betting that they are. Designed to improve the coordination and quality of care and lower costs for Medicare patients, ACOs are considered an important step in the effort to move Medicare – and […]
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