This week's news roundup is all about healthcare quality measures: how evolving CMS quality measures are moving towards patient-centered care; making alternative payment models truly value based; why the new CMS Primary Care Models have implications for serious illness care; and what changes medical groups want for the CMS Patients Over Paperwork program.
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With today’s comprehensive Meaningful Measures initiative, CMS has refocused healthcare quality measures on improving patient needs and experiences, reducing regulatory burden on clinicians, and removing barriers to value-based payment. The evolved quality measures center on patient, clinician, and health system needs and strategic goals to truly impact improving care and lowering costs. Meaningful Measures, according to CMS, must meet seven criteria:
- Are patient-centered and meaningful to patients, clinicians, and providers.
- Address high-impact measure areas that safeguard public health.
- Are outcome-based where possible.
- Minimize the level of burden for providers.
- Create significant opportunity for improvement.
- Address measure needs for population-based payment through alternative payment models.
- Align across programs.
Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is effectively utilizing healthcare analytics. In this week's news roundup: How AMCs can leverage three areas of healthcare analytics, boost population health management, and automate artificial intelligence for medical decision making. Plus, why AMCs are adapting new business models.
After two Category 5 hurricanes in one year, the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has a unique healthcare improvement journey ahead. Tina Comissiong, legal counsel and chief compliance officer of SRMC, knew she needed to attend the Healthcare Analytics Summit as soon as she learned about the event. SRMC was severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and recovery efforts have been underway ever since. In this article, Comissiong explains why she’s excited to attend this year’s summit and how she will apply what she learns to SRMC’s unique healthcare improvement journey.
Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is utilizing healthcare analytics effectively within the patient care setting. With the Healthcare Analytics Adoption Model and other data expertise, AMCs can learn how to merge siloed data, while improving operations, and delivering the highest quality of care to each patient.
Data drives healthcare improvement and is an imperative resource for navigating a changing healthcare landscape. But healthcare data is complex, and it can be difficult to leverage. This week's news roundup is all about healthcare data management: Three principles of using data to its full potential; how data ethics is now a strategic business weapon; what you need to know about "dark data"; and, four critical phrases of healthcare data governance.
Author Douglas Laney is now tackling the topic of Infonomics: the practice of information economics. In his 2017 book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an asset for competitive advantage, Laney provides detailed rationale as well as a thoughtful framework for treating information as a modern-day organization’s most valuable asset. This article walks through how healthcare organizations can leverage data to its full potential using this framework and the three principles of infonomics:
- Measure - How much data does the organization have? What is it worth?
- Manage - What data does the organization have? Where is it stored?
- Monetize - How does the organization use data?
Our focus in this week's news roundup is precision medicine: four trends to make it possible; a precision medicine approach to cognitive disease treatment; how real-world data (RWD) and evidence are becoming more prominent in clinical research; and, does precision medicine have a minority problem?
On July 25, 2019, our Health Catalyst CEO, Dan Burton, the rest of the executive leadership team, and dozens of fellow team members celebrated the Health Catalyst IPO in New York City. More than 700 team members and their families all over the world joined the celebration during events held locally—from Salt Lake City to Boston to Columbus to Singapore. This was a day long-in-the-making, starting with our prescient co-founders Tom Burton and Steve Barlow in 2008. From those early days onward, Health Catalyst has been a mission-driven company committed to being the catalyst for massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvement.
Health systems are facing more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings. As a result, many organizations have turned their attention to cost-per-case as an area for potential financial improvements. In this week's news roundup: how healthcare cost-per-case improvements deliver big bottom-line savings; sepsis treatment costs shoot up $1.5 billion for hospitals over three years; cost-accounting-adoption-slow-decades-now-hyper-speed; and, hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes.
As health systems face more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings, they’re turning their attention to cost-per-case improvement projects. These strategies can produce quick wins for improvement teams looking to gain momentum and buy-in. This article addresses the following topics:
- How to identify areas of opportunity.
- The importance of costing accuracy.
- Four strategies for implementing cost-per-case improvement projects.
- Example projects for new teams.
- How to sustain results.
This week's news roundup is all about Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs): why they might be today's top solution for healthcare interoperability demands; how to achieve a network-of-networks with health data standardization; the top five things to know about CCDs; and more.
While healthcare waits for the expanded data interoperability that FHIR promises, the industry needs an immediate solution for accessing and using disparate data from across the continuum of care. With FHIR potentially several years away, continuity of care documents (CCDs) are the best option for acquiring the ambulatory clinical care data health systems need to close quality gaps today. Because organizations that rely only on claims data to drive quality improvement risk missing out on more that 80 percent of patient information, CCDs are the current must-have answer to interoperability for successful quality improvement.
Justin Aronson: A High School Student and HAS 19 Keynote Who’s Transforming the Understanding of Genetic Variants
According to the next generation of healthcare transformation leaders, data democratization is mission critical for the future of improvement. High school student Justin Aronson explains how he leverages open-source health laboratory data to build a tool that improves the clinical interpretation of sequenced genetic variants. Aronson’s cloud-based data integration and visualization system, Variant Explorer, runs on genomic and phenotype data that’s feely accessible on the public archive ClinVar. He says that large-scale data democratization is the key to current and future healthcare problem solving.
This week's news roundup is all about data-driven care: how data accessibility and analytics enables data-driven emergency care; how a new data sharing partnership with the American Heart Association boosts medical emergency outcomes; How AI and machine learning will fuel future population health management efforts; and how smart speakers my be able to detect cardiac arrests.
A series of revolutions has driven the development of the U.S. healthcare system, enabling dramatic improvements in all aspects of healthcare quality and outcomes over the past century. Although healthcare organizations have focused on moving towards value-based care for decades, the data shows that the shift is indeed taking place and fee-for-service models are declining. New changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will help drive this change as revisions to MSSP require ACOs to take on more financial risk earlier. This article covers the following topics:
- Important moments in history that led to today’s current challenges.
- Why financial imperatives drive cultural change in our economic model.
- Ways MSSP can help healthcare organizations achieve financial success.
- How to utilize data to develop better healthcare delivery systems.