Category Archives: Providers

Learn to speak the same health care language

Take a trip around the world and you’ll hear a lot of different languages, including some you probably won’t understand without a translator. Data is the language of today’s health care system. But a patient’s journey through that system collects data from a variety of sources in many different formats. It’s hard for anyone to […]
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The cure for analysis paralysis

A whole week devoted to health IT and how it’s transforming the world? Now that’s what I’m talking about! Las Vegas is home to this year’s HIMSS conference. (Shout out to our crew in Booth 6425 — stop by for a coffee if you’re in town! Our folks would love to talk shop with you.) […]
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Optum Forum Review: “Accelerating the move toward data as a service”

Each year at Optum Forum we present the latest advancements in services and solutions aimed at how well gets done. This year’s event included the launch of OptumIQ™ and Optum Performance Analytics. Now we’re learning what attendees think about these initiatives. Massachusetts-based International Data Corporation (IDC) reviewed Optum Forum 2017 and the initiatives unveiled there. […]
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Learn how providers are addressing social determinants of health at 2017 AHA Leadership Summit

Social determinants of health (SDOH) is a concept that is gaining more traction in the boardrooms of hospitals and health systems. The concept—that the provision of health care directly influences only a small percentage of overall health outcomes—has been studied and promoted for years by organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser […]
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Data access is key to closing care gaps

Advanced analytics can uncover gaps in care but unless that information is available to front line health care professionals the gaps will remain. Teamwork and the right technology can ensure data can be accessed and utilized in a timely manner. This approach is working for both providers and payers. For example Premier Medical Associates, a […]
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Do bundled payments encourage more procedures? New study offers answer

New research aims to determine whether a claim that bundled payments may actually increase costs rather than control them holds any weight. Becker’s Hospital Review and McKnight’s reported on the study from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Altarum Institute. At issue was whether bundled payments — also known as episode-based payments […]
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MACRA requires knowledge of qualities of “good” data

Medicare is allowing physicians and group practices to set their own course toward compliance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. But regardless of the path chosen, accurate measurement is key. That’s because the most basic level of participation requires physicians to submit data on one quality measure and one improvement activity […]
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Ease a transition to new tech by communicating with your whole staff

Digital technology is revolutionizing health care — but everybody who adopts it knows that it presents challenges in a clinical setting. There are learning curves with hardware and software, new habits to develop, glitches to deal with, and a whole lot more — while you’re taking care of patients under time constraints. According to Judy […]
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A way to save real dollars on each business transaction

As providers work to meet the demands of value-based care and population health management, they are discovering the importance of data and the ability to share that data. Often the focus is on the shareability of clinical data. But data sharing can also provide opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings in claims submissions and patient payments — […]
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New rules govern how health care providers partner with payers

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010 there has continued to be some uncertainty about how healthcare reform will evolve. However, most  large health care organizations agree that value-based care is here to stay. They invested in robust technologies and began implementing population health management strategies. The market’s smaller players […]
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