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Brant Avondet

Brant Avondet joined Health Catalyst in November 2014 as an Engagement Lead. Prior to joining, Brant founded Searchlight Enterprises, a malpractice risk prediction and online physician ratings research and company. Brant spent eight years in general management and strategy roles at Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) and three years as an analyst at Monitor Equity Insights. Mr. Avondet holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University, a BA in economics and BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

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The Formula for Optimizing the Value-Based Healthcare Equation

Two variables are required in the value-based healthcare equation if it is to add up to a profitable contract. One variable, optimizing the care for the patient population, is commonly included and is a focus for most healthcare systems involved in managing population health. However, a second variable, getting the right dollars in order to care for that population, is often overlooked. And yet this variable is easier to attain. It’s a matter of appropriately assessing the risk of the population by addressing inaccurate diagnoses coding. Here, we offer four methods for solving this variable: identifying high-risk gaps over time, persistent diagnosis tracking, identifying code adequacy, and identifying likely diagnoses.

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7 Features of Highly Effective Outcomes Improvement Projects

There’s a formula for success when putting together outcomes improvement projects and organizing the teams that make them prosper. Too often, critically strategic projects launch without the proper planning, structure, and people in place to ensure viability and long-term sustainability. They never achieve the critical mass required to realize substantial improvements, or they do, but then the project fades away and the former state returns. The formula for enduring success follows seven simple steps:

Take an Outcomes Versus Accountability Focus
Define Your Goal and Aim Statements Early and Stick to Them
Assign an Owner of the Analytics (Report or Application) Up Front
Get End Users Involved In the Process
Design to Make Doing the Right Thing Easy
Don’t Underestimate the Power of 1:1 Training
Get the Champion Involved