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Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

For Precision Medicine, the Future Is Now

July 29, 2016  |  Doug Given, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Health2047, an AMA-funded integrated innovation company
Recently, at two vastly different professional forums (one centered on health, one on technology), conversation around precision medicine provided the common denominator.

AMA, Omada Health and Intermountain Healthcare Collaborate on Diabetes Prevention Initiative

July 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The American Medical Association, digital health company Omada Health, and Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare are collaborating on an evidence-based online diabetes prevention program with the aim of reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

The “Father of OpenNotes” Shares His Perspectives on the Movement’s Forward March

July 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Tom Delbanco, M.D., the “Father of OpenNotes,” shares his perspectives on the phenomenon—and on its fascinating future

When It Comes to Care and Transition Management, We’ve Got to Get the Basics Right First

July 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The details of a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Health News report on a patient safety event involving a fatal pharmacy dispensing error speak to the challenges and opportunities inherent in improving transition management and care management going forward

IBM Watson, VA Announce Partnership to Help Advance Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Effort

June 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
At Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health announced a public-private partnership to help doctors expand and scale access to precision medicine over the next two years...

Using Data Analytics to Improve Clinical Performance and Its Reimbursement Outcomes: One Hospital’s Experience

June 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At Butler Health System in Pennsylvania, A. Thomas McGill, M.D., the hospital’s vice president of quality and safety and CIO, is leading an ongoing initiative to leverage data analytics to improve clinical performance—and its resulting reimbursement outcomes


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