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Best of the Care Transformation Center blog: 2018 edition

January 10, 2019

    Each week, our health care experts share their insights from the field to help you stay on top of the latest trends and exciting innovations. Check out our most popular Care Transformation Center blog posts from 2018 below—and don't forget to subscribe to our email alerts to stay up to date.

    Forecasting population health trends

    The 2018 MSSP ACO participants are out. Here are 6 key takeaways.

    The 2018 list of Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO participants is one of the most interesting since it began in 2012. Here are six key takeaways to keep in mind for your 2019 strategy.

    Making the case for population health investment

    We analyzed 25 population health interventions—and these 2 give the best 'bang for your buck'

    Determining investments to make in care delivery transformation is a difficult task without good data on which initiatives have demonstrated success. To make the right investments that change the care delivery model, population health managers should prioritize initiatives proven to move target metrics related to cost, utilization, and quality.

    Reducing unnecessary acute utilization

    4 ways Cone Health avoided 2,000 COPD readmissions—and you can, too

    Over half of hospitals penalized under CMS' Readmissions Reduction Program for FY 2018 were penalized for COPD readmissions. As hospitals look to avoid future readmissions penalties, successfully managing COPD should be top-of-mind. But where should you start?

    How Geisinger is responding to the opioid crisis and cutting ED visits in the process

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. As frontline providers of care and pillars of their communities, hospitals and health systems are poised to expand their role in mitigating the harms of the crisis. Some progressive organizations have already developed interventions that successfully prevent new addiction or expand access to addiction treatment.

    Do palliative and emergency care go together? St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center says yes.

    A 25-year old patient was nearing the end of her life after a battle with cancer when she presented to the ED at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey with unmet palliative care needs. Her request of the doctors was simple: keep me out of the hospital. So the St. Joseph's team had an idea—they would set up shop in the ED to streamline operations.

    Addressing psychosocial risk factors

    Design thinking can improve behavioral health outcomes. Here's how.

    Providers face similar challenges to sheriff's offices: high volumes, unpredictable patients, and inappropriate spaces to treat them. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland, Oregon, started an innovative initiative to use simple design tweaks to address these challenges. How can health care providers can apply the same thinking to emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric units, and outpatient clinics?

    Our take: Uber and Lyft want to partner with you. Is that a good investment?

    The recent news that both Uber and Lyft are expanding their transportation offerings with health care organizations could mean a groundbreaking opportunity for providers to meaningfully inflect patients' transportation barriers. But are rideshare partnerships an effective strategy, particularly when it's on the provider organization to pay for rides?

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