Tag Archives: Population health management

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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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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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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Health systems starting to re-embrace provider-sponsored health plans

The failure of provider-sponsored health plans (PSHPs) in the 1990s isn’t hindering health systems from reconsidering their worth, as inpatient volumes — and the revenues they generate — continue to drop. Confidence is higher now than it was 20 years ago due to the wide availability of technology to manage risk under value-based reimbursement. In […]
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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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Managing bundled payments: A key component of your value-based strategy

Compared to other value-based reimbursement methods, bundled payments for episodic health care are old news. Many payers have been slow to embrace them. However, one major payer that’s looking at bundling to drive down costs is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In April, CMS launched its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) […]
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Not perfect, but practice makes progress for ACOs

Recently released results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) highlight the fact that Accountable Care Organizations need to be in it for the long haul. In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update announcing that participating ACOs continue to show improvements in their ability to contain costs. Three hundred and […]
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Trust: The secret sauce for the next generation of health care

Survival in today’s value-based health care industry takes trust — in people, technologies and business processes. Trust is the “secret sauce” that brings everything together, said health care futurist Joe Flower in the Spring/Summer edition of Optum RISKMATTERS. Volume to value, the shift from doing fee-for-service medicine to taking a financial risk in one way […]
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