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Kaiser Creating Evidence-Based Complex Care Models

January 17, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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As the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs rolls out its “Blueprint for Complex Care,” perhaps no health system has devoted as many resources to complex care as Kaiser Permanente.

New Analysis in the New England Journal Finds the Leveraging of IT for Population Health To Be Inadequate

January 14, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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A new analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and looking at the policy and IT elements around population health development, concludes that healthcare leaders need to up their game around all those elements

Are New APMs from CMMI Coming Soon? Industry Stakeholders Forecast Bold Moves from the CMS Innovation Center in 2019

January 11, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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What might be in the works over at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation? Industry stakeholders, and federal lawmakers, are eager to know what the relatively opaque agency has in store.

New Health Affairs Study: Effectiveness of Digital Health Solutions Remains Unproven

January 7, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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A review of the research around the new digital health solutions by a team of healthcare policy researchers finds those solutions’ effectiveness remains largely unevaluated around the enhancement of patient health status

One Thought-Leader’s Look at the New Social Contract in Medicine and Healthcare

January 7, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Healthcare thought-leader Michael Millenson shares his perspectives on the emerging new social contract around medical care and healthcare—in a time of accelerating technology disruption

HHS Pain Management Task Force Recommends Improvements to PDMPs

January 2, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A HHS pain task force issued a draft report addressing best practices for pain management, and the recommendations include leveraging innovative solutions to pain management such as telemedicine as well improving prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

Collaboration Software Supports California’s Ambitious ‘Whole Person Care’ Pilots

January 2, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The State of California is piloting an ambitious effort called “Whole Person Care” within its Medicaid program by working with 25 counties to coordinate health, behavioral health and social services.

Using Data to Drive Transparency and Performance in Asthma Care

December 28, 2018  |  Barbara P. Yawn, M.D., Industry Voice
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It’s now possible to use big data, including population health data, to identify patients most likely to benefit from enhanced asthma care and allergy evaluation.

Who Isn’t Using Patient Portals? New Study Sheds Light on Portal Use

December 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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About two-thirds of adult patients did not use an online patient portal in 2017, and research indicates vulnerable and disadvantaged patients are less likely to use these technology tools, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Medicaid Transformation Project Expands to 24 Health Systems

December 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Seven new health systems have joined the Medicaid Transformation Project, a national effort to transform healthcare and related social needs for the nearly 75 million Americans who rely on Medicaid.

At the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, Digging into Data Issues to Collaborate Across Healthcare

November 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Kerda DeHaan and her colleagues at the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance are tackling granular data management issues to expand their collaboration with health plans and providers

HIE 2.0: CORHIO’s Leaders Map a Pathway to Advanced Data-Sharing Success in Colorado

November 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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The leaders of Colorado’s statewide HIE, CORHIO, have been pushing ahead to advance the next phase of HIE evolution, moving into intensive data normalization work, even as they expand the types of data being shared across the Centennial State

MUSC Telehealth Leaders Share Their Roadmap to Success

October 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three key telehealth leaders at the Medical University of South Carolina share lessons learned in building a robust program of telehealth services to serve patients across the state.

Nemours Children’s Health’s New CEO: “The Most Exciting Time in Healthcare”

October 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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R. Lawrence Moss, M.D., who joined Nemours Children’s Health as CEO on Oct. 1, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing children’s hospitals and healthcare in the current environment

Social Determinants Data Project Wins Indiana Tech Challenge

October 12, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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A project involving social determinants of health data from Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI took home the top prize in the inaugural Indiana Inject Tech Challenge from BioCrossroads.

Heritage Medical Systems’ Voyage to Value—and How Physicians are Leading the Way

October 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Mark Wagar, president of Heritage Physician Organizations, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about his organization’s value-based care journey, its ACO progress, and how physician culture can be changed.

Open mHealth Co-Founder Named MacArthur Fellow

October 4, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work using mobile devices and data to address social challenges.

In Texas, Healthcare Leaders Take a Tech-Enabled Approach to Combat the Opioid Crisis

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare leaders in Texas are taking steps to provide ED care teams at hospitals across the state with technology tools to combat opioid abuse and addiction and provide better patient care.

Could Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Help Predict Health Outcomes?

September 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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One’s neighborhood socioeconomic status may not contribute much more to risk prediction than information already within electronic health record (EHR) data, according to new research.

Town Hall Ventures Close First Fund at $115 Million

September 20, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Town Hall Ventures, an investment firm built to address the healthcare challenges of the most vulnerable Americans, has closed its first fund at $115 million.

The CEO of a Nationwide Association of MD Groups Sees the Future—and It’s Not in Fee-For-Service

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of medical groups working in risk-based contracting, shares his perspectives on the future of medical groups in a shifting landscape

On Staten Island, a Highly Innovative Program That's Redefining What’s Possible Under Medicaid

September 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Healthcare leaders on New York City's Staten Island have been achieving exciting success in population health management in their community’s Medicaid and uninsured populations

Humana’s CMO Speaks of the “Bold Goal” Embedded in the Company's Population Health Work

September 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Roy Beveridge, M.D., Humana’s chief medical officer, shares his perspectives on the drive to value-based care, population health and addressing social determinants of health.

Putting Social Determinants of Health Data into Action

September 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Leading hospitals, medical groups, and health systems, as well as ACOs and health insurers are moving forward to address social factors impacting health with a number of different approaches.

In the Emerging World of Risk-Based Contracting, Data Analytics Is a Foundational Necessity

September 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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With the emergence of more risk-based contracting, including two-sided risk, data analytics has now become fundamental to patient care organizations’ operational and financial success.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: A Social Determinants of Health Technology Market is Slowly Emerging

September 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The IT market for social determinants of health data is currently a nascent field with many providers using homegrown solutions, but adoption of SDoH technology is expected to grow quickly.

Andy Slavitt, Health System Leaders Take Action to Advance Medicaid Transformation

August 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Project leaders of the recently announced Medicaid Transformation Project detail their plans for the initiative and why they believe collaboration is critical to improving care for vulnerable populations.

Alameda County to Launch Ambitious Social Health Information Exchange

August 25, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Next year, Alameda County, Calif., will launch a social health information exchange (SHIE) and community health record (CHR), focused initially on high utilizers of medical, behavioral, housing and emergency services.

Connecting Medical Care and Social Service Needs: Chicago Health Leaders Take Charge

August 21, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In Chicago, a group of healthcare leaders have been working on creating a seamless and purposeful link for sharing data between social services agencies and patient-centered medical homes.

San Diego Connects the Dots to Create Social Snapshot of Clients

August 21, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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As cities look to connect social service agencies and health systems, the Community Information Exchange in San Diego is a model to emulate.

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