Tag Archives: Big Data

A real-life application for artificial intelligence in health care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in our shopping experiences, our search engines, our dining and entertainment recommendations. We’ve seen AI-based medicine on TV for decades, and we can make that a reality — if we go deeper. I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of AI in health care, but we need to […]
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Finding the win-win solutions to health care challenges

There isn’t a single cure to address all of the challenges facing our health system, but there is a common goal. We all want a health system that treats patients compassionately, allocates resources efficiently, and provides quality care to those who need it — all without bankrupting ourselves or future generations. Too often we pursue […]
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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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Improving health care outcomes through patient engagement

“Anytime you have a patient that’s more engaged and involved in their care, your outcomes are better.” That’s a quote from Judy Herrington, who has 30 years’ experience in the health care field and serves as the vice president of nursing, medicine services at Parkland Hospital in Texas. Her front-line observation echoes the results of […]
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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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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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Is a provider-led health plan a good fit? Evaluate 6 areas to find out

To drive down costs and improve care through value-based models, one must have a deep understanding of the population they serve. Health care providers have this knowledge. Their familiarity with the demographics, economics and general needs of their communities means some are well-positioned to launch their own provider-sponsored health plans (PSHP) and have a sense […]
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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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Care transitions can feel like changing the tires while driving

While providers may now see population health programs as key to value-based care success, many are struggling with implementing change in a way that affects outcomes. “It’s like the proverbial changing of the tires while driving down the road at 90 mph,” says Steve Griffiths, senior vice president of Health Care Analytics Consulting at Optum. […]
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MACRA is big for doctors. What about hospitals?

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act replacing the sustainable growth rate, changes are coming for physicians. But will MACRA impact facility providers? Consultants at Optum say yes. Specifically they say hospitals and health systems should prepare for changes to referral patterns and readmission rates. Jay Hazelrigs, vice president and lead actuary at Optum, […]
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