Data integration, managing Rx costs top goals for health care leaders | Wis. employer makes accountable care part of its wellness strategy | Mortality drops when hospitals are being inspected, research finds
March 22, 2017
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Data integration, managing Rx costs top goals for health care leaders
A survey of executives from health care C-suites found top priorities include reducing costs, particularly spending on pharmaceuticals, and translating data into insights. Additionally, more than half of those queried said their companies are seeking to integrate data from a variety of sources or invest in analytics, 47% will leverage data to support risk-based arrangements, and 45% will utilize partnerships to expand post-acute care offerings.
Healthcare Finance News (3/21) 
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Wis. employer makes accountable care part of its wellness strategy
Burlington Graphics in Racine, Wis., has developed a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes health care through an Anthem and Aurora Health Care accountable care organization. The Anthem-Aurora partnership provides onsite nurse visits at the graphics company's main office, same-day access to doctors, care coordination and navigation services, and more.
The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) (3/22) 
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Insight into Health Care Quality
Mortality drops when hospitals are being inspected, research finds
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patient mortality is lower when Joint Commission inspectors are assessing a hospital than in the weeks before and after the visit. Researchers attribute the quality improvement, which translated to 1.5% lower 30-day mortality overall and a 5.9% reduction at major teaching hospitals, to greater overall vigilance, rather than specific measures.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (3/20) 
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Interventions may reduce nursing home hospitalizations
A study that included 143 nursing homes in seven states found using evidence-based clinical and educational interventions could reduce unnecessary resident hospitalizations and Medicare costs. Greater staff engagement and better outcomes were seen with models that included registered nurses or nurse practitioners who provided consistent clinical care compared with models providing only education or intermittent clinical care, researchers wrote in Health Affairs.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/20) 
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Collaboration Is the Key for Health Plans in a Shared Risk Environment
The shared-risk payment models that are central to health reform require tight coordination among payers, providers, and patients to succeed. As payers and providers enter into more of these agreements, they need to enhance success by communicating and collaborating more effectively with their partners and actively engaging, supporting, and empowering their members. Learn more about how to make this collaboration work.
The Technology Component
Former La. legislator accepts health technology post at HHS
The HHS has appointed former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming as deputy assistant secretary for health technology. Fleming said he plans to work on policies that encourage physician use of health technology by reducing paperwork and providing pay incentives, and would like to remove barriers preventing the transfer of information to digital filing systems.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/20) 
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When building data infrastructure, health systems should look to "lakes"
Traditional EHRs can't handle the volume of data required for population health management programs, which is why data lakes have become a better alternative. The idea is to create a repository for vast amounts of data, both structured and unstructured, with parallel computing and storage capabilities that allow for speed, scale and redundancy, and the approach works best when paired with data structures like assignment models and standard coding.
H&HN Magazine online (3/21) 
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Population Health and Patients
Preschool campus addresses community needs
The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being in Denver, Colo., is taking a new approach to community well-being by combining a preschool campus, urban farm, dentist's office and mental health care center. The goal is to help address challenges faced in the surrounding low-income community.
PBS (3/21) 
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Experts: Exercise is good for pregnant women, fetuses
Experts and researchers agree that pregnant women and fetuses benefit from regular exercise, which can help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Experts, writing in a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said that moderation is the goal and cautioned against certain more vigorous exercises that may not be safe for pregnant women.
National Public Radio (3/21) 
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Essential topics at health care's essential event
We've got you covered when it comes to the health care topics keeping you up at night. AHIP's Institute & Expo educational tracks include: Advancing APMs and Value-Based Programs; Consumer Experience; Industry Disruption & Innovation; Prevention, Health & Wellbeing; Data Analytics/Insights; Technology/Business Solutions, Health Care 2.0 and Caring for Patients with Complex Conditions. Join us June 7-9 in Austin.
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Video: The Importance of the EPA National Environmental Leadership Award
Each year, the EPA distributes the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, which recognizes the health plans that embody excellence in the field. Hear testimony from past winners about what the award has done for them. Learn the value of the award and about other topics in the 2017 AHIP Asthma Video Series at
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