Managing, reducing patient rebounds starts with data

You may have noticed a consistent theme in the move toward fee-for-value models—the need for timely, relevant data. As with any part of the healthcare continuum, reducing patient readmissions and ER rebounding takes timely, relevant information with which [...]
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Using advanced analytics to improve quality and cost for COPD patients

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, represent a huge chunk of the nation’s health care costs. In 2010, COPD-related costs totaled $49.9 billion, including $29.5 billion in direct health care expenditures, $8 billion in indirect [...]
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Home-based care transition programs reduce readmissions

Now that hospitals are being held responsible for what happens to a discharged patient, health care providers are beginning to use higher level clinicians—even physicians—to make home visits for high-risk patients. Two healthcare systems are developing [...]
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Better knowledge of your patients can lead to higher quality care

Congestive heart failure is a major source of health care costs in the United States. About 5.1 million people in the United States have the disease, costing the nation an estimated $32 billion each year. But providers can and should make a difference in [...]
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Predict the future: Are your hypertension patients at risk of complications?

Hypertension affects millions of Americans, increasing their risk for other health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The leading cause of visits to the doctor, hypertension costs $156 billion annually in health care services, medications and missed [...]
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Data analytics optimize providers’ management of value-based contracts

Providers who manage value-based contracts are looking for ways to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs. And they’re doing this by acquiring care management strategies and an ability to build better predictive risk models for high-risk populations. [...]
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Released but not forgotten: Improving the patient discharge process

It used to be that hospitals behaved like restaurants. Once a patron eats a meal and pays their bill, they walk out the door and the restaurant’s responsibility to provide a great product and service ends. In today’s regulatory environment, however, [...]
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Predict the future: stratify patients by risk to more effectively coordinate care

As organizations take on more risk, both clinical and financial, they are looking for ways to improve the quality of the care they provide and reduce costs. Population health management (PHM) with a strong emphasis on advanced analytics is one strategy for [...]
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Understanding the root causes of patient rebounding

No health care provider ever wants to see a patient return to the ER or their office due to complications from a prior illness. But emergency room rebounding and hospital readmissions happen, and it’s up to healthcare leaders to understand how and why to [...]
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Analyzing “good” data provides a true snapshot of patients’ risk

Analyzing your data can reveal important insights about your patient population, including identifying those who are at highest risk for hospitalization. In my last post, we discussed the importance of having “good” data. This means data that has been [...]
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