If I could sum up today’s healthcare environment in a single word it would be “uncertainty.” The House just passed a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, though the content of this legislation could change significantly before it goes through the Senate. By Michael Nissenbaum, president and CEO, Aprima Medical Software
To improve margins, healthcare providers must bend the cost curve to reduce wasteful spending as the industry moves from fee-for-service to value-based payments, while facing the prospect of declining reimbursement. However, many provider organizations do not know or understand where they may be losing money due to deviation from commonly accepted clinical based guidelines. By Susan Kanvik and Mitzi Raaf, Point B Management Consultants
The race is on to effective management of high-risk patient populations. Payers and providers recognize future survival in the fee-for-value world depends on having the right systems in place. By Jack Plotkin, CTO, Virtual Health
It takes just seven seconds to make a first impression according to a New York University study, so imagine the impression patients are getting at the point of check-in.
Improve quality of care through a pediatric specific EHR technology
One year ago, Jackson Health System in Miami realized a cultural shift was necessary in order to move forward. By Bill Griffith, Vice President of Business Process/Operational Improvement for Jackson Health System, Miami
A growing number of healthcare payers are seizing the opportunity to optimize their population health management (PHM) programs for seriously ill patients. By Greer Myers, President, Turn-Key Health
With the final rule issued by CMS for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the landmark payment system for Medicare physician fees is officially the new game in town. Physician incentives for care improvement and adoption of value-based care models are firmly in place.
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.
Telehealth is no longer just a buzzword — it is fast becoming a viable treatment option and, in some cases, a savior for the patient population that it serves.
Our inaugural class of Health IT Change Agents set a high bar, but this year’s class can more than hold its own when it comes to driving positive change and advancing health IT.
With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
Changing consumer expectations and requirements driven by the Affordable Care Act are making deeper patient engagement a priority at healthcare organizations. Yet making real progress requires effort from both caregivers and patients.
Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is leveraging functional status assessments and social determinants of health to advance its population health management efforts.
Population health management is a model that looks beyond those who need immediate medical care by helping physicians to assess their entire patient population and divide it into various groups. These groups often consist of three main categories: those who are healthy and need to stay healthy, those that have health risks, and those with chronic conditions. Healthy individuals are often managed by having them keep up with preventative care measures. Those with health risks often need to change or stop certain behaviors to reduce their risks. And, those with chronic conditions need to prevent further complications by working with their health providers and changing their health behaviors.
The goal of population health management is improving the overall health of an entire population. Treating health at a population level typically means focusing on improving environment, social structure, and resource distribution. Family planning programs, for instance, play a major role in population health and are one of the most highly cost-effective interventions in medicine.
Patient-specific analytics and intuitive clinigraphic interface allow clinicians to act on what matters most. By Christine Kern, contributing writer