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HHS Taps Eight States for Behavioral Health Demonstration Project

December 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in...

AAFP Calls on 115th Congress to Fund Health Programs, Support AHRQ

December 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the 115th Congress to fund and support health, workforce and research programs, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

HHS: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Have Dropped 21 Percent Since 2010

December 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that national patient safety efforts have helped to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 21 percent since 2010, with hospital patients experiencing 3 million fewer...

One Expert’s Insights into Reducing Unwarranted Clinical Variation

December 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Nancy Lakier, R.N., the founder and CEO of Novia Strategies, discusses her decades-long work around uncovering and eliminating unwarranted variation in clinical care—and what healthcare IT leaders need to know about their role in this work

An Advisory Board Company Expert on Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Performance Improvement

November 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
John Kontor, M.D., of The Advisory Board Company, has been advising the leaders of numerous patient care organizations on projects that are moving ahead with advanced work in clinical performance improvement

Boston Medical Center Launching Telehealth Epilepsy Care Collaborative

November 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to care for underserved populations of children and youth with epilepsy and related disorders.

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

UPMC’s Solano Shares What Works in MD-Driven Population Health (Part I)

October 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Francis X. (Fran) Solano, M.D., president of Community Medicine, Inc., the largest group of employed primary care physicians at UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, shares what has worked very well so far, in supporting physicians in practice, as they plunge into...

Duke Clinical Research Institute, Premier and Pfizer Collaborate on Improving Adult Immunization Rates

September 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Duke Primary Care, Premier Inc. and Pfizer are teaming up on a data-driven initiative to develop evidence-based interventions to help primary care providers boost adult vaccination rates.

Study: Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare Services Leads to Better Outcomes, Lower Costs

August 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Patients receiving healthcare services in team-based practices that integrated mental and physical healthcare services used fewer healthcare services, had lower total costs and better clinical outcomes, according to an Intermountain Healthcare study.

From Information to Knowledge: How Medication Learning Optimizes Patient Outcomes

August 23, 2016  |  Anthony Donato, M.D., M.H.P.E., Gregory Hood, M.D., M.A.C.P.
article
Medication learning tools that are concise, evidence-based and delivered at the point of care may reduce variability and errors in prescribing, and could improve the overall patient experience.

HRSA Awards $16 Million to Expand Telehealth Use in Rural Communities

August 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The Health Resources and Service Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded four grants totaling $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.

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