Tag Archives: Patient Care

Collaborative Care Coordination is Crucial

We’re always looking for ways to make the health care system work better for everyone, and enabling collaborative care coordination is one way to do that. When the power to coordinate care fits in the palm of your hand, it’s exciting. With the Optum approach to care coordination, users are able to leverage Optum data, […]
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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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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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Understanding the risks of incomplete medical coding

Information that could affect readmission risks, reimbursement, quality assessments and more is missing from medical records according to a recent study. MedPageToday reported on the study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in November 2015 in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers compared two large databases – one based on claims […]
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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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The future is where big data intersects small data says Weintraub

Everyone talks about big data, the aggregate information that can be studied, and, using predictive analytics, help patients in a variety of disease cohorts, said Michael Weintraub, President and CEO, Optum Analytics, in an interview conducted at the Forbes HealthCare Summit. Yet, he continued, small data is often overlooked. Small data is your personal data. […]
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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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Engaging the patient key to future data sharing says Weintraub

The payers, employers, providers, government as a payer, pharmaceutical firms, bio-tech firms, and other health care participants are at the heart of using the information provided by analytical software, said Michael Weintraub, President and CEO, Optum Analytics, in an interview conducted at the Forbes HealthCare Summit. The challenge, he said, is engaging the patient in […]
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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 […]
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