Tag Archives: PHM

Consumer awareness, prioritized resources make or break preventive service use

Increased emphasis on prevention in health care is good policy, but it can’t become good practice unless the services get to the people who need them. In an earlier post, I shared statistics about how older adults are less likely to seek out prevention programs, programs which could have prevented 2 million premature deaths. That […]
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Population analytics bolsters preventive services

My previous post outlined how increasing preventive services outreach can keep people healthier and result in better financial outcomes. But this can only happen if payers and providers know who need those services. This is where population analytic tools come into play. The two components of successful population analytics are comprehensive data and technology systems […]
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Benefits of preventive services known, but older adults not using them

As the health care industry moves toward value-based reimbursement, the use of preventive services seems obvious. It’s become obvious, at least, to a number of health plans who are incentivizing the use of well visits, screenings, and other preventive programs to keep patients healthy. In January 2013, states that offered preventive programs at low or […]
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Prevention takes more than an apple a day

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It may be a cliché, but it is also a truism. Today, prevention in health care is more important than ever. Several key changes are pushing payers and providers more deeply into preventive services for the populations they serve. The rise of value-based care is […]
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Provider executives share insights on the evolution of population health

How can you adapt to population health? If you’re a health care provider, such a question can’t be answered in a sentence or a paragraph—or even an entire article. But providers who are undergoing a fee-for-service to fee-for-value transformation have offered some insight into how and why they’re evolving to become excellent at managing the […]
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Combining high-tech and high-touch with care guides

The previous blog post focused on how Minneapolis-based HealthEast applied data and analytics from Optum One to get great care management results. This final blog in the three-part series will show how care management is making a difference in patient lives. One relatively new element to care coordination that HealthEast put into practice was certified […]
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Simplifying care coordination for high-risk patients

The previous blog post in this series introduced, HealthEast, a Minneapolis health system using data and analytics to drive success in their medical home care management. This post will discuss how the system applied data and analytics to get great results. For their care coordination and reporting needs, HealthEast decided to install Optum One, a […]
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Using data and analytics for care management in medical homes

Less than five years ago, a Minneapolis-based health system went all-in to the medical home model, with great results. The HealthEast Care System is the largest health care provider in the East Metro area of Minnesota’s Twin Cities. In addition to its four hospitals, HealthEast runs 14 primary care clinics, a variety of specialty care […]
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Four steps to population health management: Step four— Expand chronic disease management to the full attributed population

In our last blog post, we talked about high-acuity patients, such as those with chronic conditions, who are at high risk for admissions and readmissions. These patients, who drive a disproportionate amount of health care costs, need to be closely monitored post-discharge and targeted for intervention to keep them on the road to recovery. Using […]
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Four steps to population health management: Step three — Invest in in-home intervention

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of helping patients make seamless transitions to their homes or another care facility following their stay in the hospital. Through care management programs supported by data analytics, providers can identify and help patients who need a little extra help — and prevent costly re-admissions. The next step […]
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