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How Managing Chronic Conditions Is Streamlined with Digital Technology

Chronic conditions across the United States are prevalent and continue to rise. Managing one or more chronic diseases can be very challenging for patients who may be overwhelmed or confused about their care plan and may not have access to the resources they need. At the same time, care teams are overburdened, making it difficult to provide the support these patients require to stay as healthy as possible. A new approach to chronic condition management leverages technology to enable organizations to scale high-quality care, identify gaps in care, provide personalized support, and monitor patients on an ongoing basis. Such streamlined management will result in better outcomes, reduced costs, and more satisfied patients.

New CPT Codes for 2022: This Year’s Need-to-Know Updates

Mikki Fazzio, RHIT, CCS

Content Integrity Consultant, Principal

Healthcare technology continues to evolve, often significantly impacting the delivery of care and therefore reporting and coverage for providers. In response, the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed CPT Category III codes to report emerging technology, services, procedures, and service paradigms. New Category III codes for 2022 take effect on July 1. While these codes don’t guarantee coverage for a particular procedure, providers must assign them as appropriate for accurate data collection. The AMA will publish the new codes in the 2023 CPT codebook, but healthcare leaders can access them now within Vitalware® by Health Catalyst products.

Healthcare Data Analytics: Data and the Democratization of Healthcare

Michael Millenson

Senior Advisor, Health Catalyst

As information once held closely by providers becomes available to health plans, employers, and consumers, old hierarchies are disintegrating. “The democratization of health care,” as the National Academy of Medicine has labeled it, brings with it new roles and rules that challenge health systems to successfully combine high-tech analytics with sophisticated high-touch outreach. As complex clinical care information spreads outside conventional professional channels, it will disrupt traditional roles of providers, payers, patients, and others. To thrive in this new environment, provides will need to understand how roles and interactions are evolving and how new kinds of rules will govern them. To do this, analytics that allow sophisticated measurement and management will be key to surviving and prospering in an era of artificial intelligence and distributed data.

Becoming A Change Agent in Healthcare: The Key to Meaningful Improvement

Will Caldwell, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President and Executive Advisor

Facing constant change and dwindling profit margins, healthcare organizations consistently rely on financial management in response to market changes. While a financial focus is crucial for survival, healthcare leaders should realize the power of clinicians as change agents in driving meaningful clinical improvement and curbing rising costs. Providers’ dedication to delivering first-class care and eagerness to continually discover the most effective care delivery methods—powered by analytic insight—is the foundation of clinical improvement. This powerful combination of clinical passion and relevant data is key to successfully surviving and thriving in an ever-changing industry, in which financial rewards depend on patient outcomes.

Clinical Trials Day 2022: Celebrating Research Professionals Around the World

Clinical Trials Day, celebrated every year on May 20, recognizes the clinical research professionals who work tirelessly to improve public health and provide new treatment options to patients.

Real-World Benefits of Machine Learning in Healthcare

Ed Corbett, MD

Medical Officer

Machine learning (ML) can deliver critical insight to clinicians at the point of decision making and replace manual processes, such as reviewing a patient’s lab history. However, many clinicians don’t reap these ML benefits due to a lack of understanding and data infrastructure. To maximize the many advantages ML can bring to the bedside, organizations need to educate team members about ML and then invest in data infrastructure that supports ML capabilities. A transparent explanation of benefits can garner support and understanding that ML augments—not replaces—clinicians. With this increased understanding, leaders see the value of data integration infrastructure. A robust data platform allows organizations to aggregate data from multiple sources, ensuring ML algorithms deliver accurate insight based on comprehensive patient data.

Surviving Value-Based Purchasing in Healthcare: Connecting Your Clinical and Financial Data for the Best ROI

Bobbi Brown, MBA

Senior Vice President

With the healthcare industry move towards value-based payment (VBP), financial executives must navigate a shift away from volume and embrace quality care as a key driver of financial health—particularly as accountable care, quality measures, shared savings, and bundled payments gain traction. To meet this ongoing quality-cost challenge, health systems must understand their progress in clinical quality measures and costs of delivering care, as clinical quality is an increasingly significant predictor of financial outcomes. While the traditional fee-for-service environment emphasized volume, today’s VBP paradigm puts quality ahead of older metrics.

How Proactive Patient Communication Solves Medication Non-Adherence

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Coop, MD, once said, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” Yet, patient adherence to prescribed medication tends to fall short of optimal. For example, according to the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, patients don’t fill approximately 20 to 30 percent of prescriptions. The consequences for medication non-adherence can include poor quality of life, physical limitations, hospitalization, or worse, making patient compliance an integral part of quality healthcare delivery. Providers aiming to keep patients on track with their medications can look to patient engagement technology to proactively communicate critical education about therapies and the risks of non-compliance as well avoid common barriers to adherence.

Improving Patient Safety and Quality: What Healthcare Can Learn from the Airline and Nuclear Industries

Stan Pestotnik, MS, RPh

Patient Safety Products, VP

Even though medication-associated errors affect over 7 million patients and cost more than $40 billion each year, healthcare often falls short when it comes to prioritizing patient safety. For example, in October 2021, a draft of the Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026 didn’t include reducing preventable harm as part of its mission to improve the quality of care. Meanwhile, other complex and adaptive industries, such as aviation and nuclear, give top precedence to safety oversight and compliance. To catch up to other sectors and actively pursue patient safety improvement, healthcare needs a straightforward framework for integrating patient safety across the continuum of care—an approach involving culture, clinical analytics, and frontline adoption of best practices.

Four Characteristics of High-Value Healthcare Analytics Products

Advanced data and analytics are a good foundation for developing highly effective products for healthcare, but they’re not enough. Anne Marie Bickmore, Chief Product Officer at Health Catalyst, explains that building a product portfolio is more than a list of offerings—it starts with an immovable foundation of high-quality data and analytics. Bickmore describes four specific guidelines organizations can follow to create better products that drive sustainable improvement:1. Build products on a strong data foundation.2. Mind the changing healthcare landscape with a strong data foundation.3. Take a patient-centric approach.4. Consider a clinical perspective.

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