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Best of the Care Transformation Center blog: 2018 edition

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu 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.

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Rightsizing opioid utilization during labor and delivery: 3 imperatives from a Centura hospital

by Gillian Michaelson, Rachel Hollander, and Rebecca Tyrrell January 8, 2019

Opioids can be an effective treatment to reduce pain associated with labor and delivery, especially for the more than 2.5 million women who give birth vaginally each year. However, in light of the nationwide opioid crisis and the role that overprescribing has played in the proliferation of opioid abuse and addiction, hospital and health system leaders are expanding their efforts to rein in unwarranted opioid utilization.

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Loneliness is deadly—but hard to spot. Here's how the Leeds County Council in the UK identifies hotspots.

by Petra Esseling, Paul Trigonoplos, and Vidal Seegobin January 3, 2019

This is part of a series about care transformation around the globe, where we look at successful population health managers outside the United States. In this post, we highlight how the Leeds County Council in the UK is responding to the loneliness epidemic.

This summer we published a blog on loneliness; it had more clicks than any other blog we’ve written this year. Loneliness continues to be in the spotlight because of its serious health implications—it raises the risk of death by over 25%.

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Primary care's next high-return opportunity: Substance use disorder treatment

by Clare Wirth, Petra Esseling, and Tomi Ogundimu December 20, 2018

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a public health crisis with enormous cost. There were over 63,000 overdose deaths in 2016, and addiction costs from health care, criminal justice, and productivity loss amount to $700 billion annually. Despite these costs and the fact that SUD treatment is an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, only one-in-five patients with SUD receives any form of treatment.

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Q&A: Unlock the benefits of your post-acute care strategy

by Clare Wirth and Monica Westhead December 18, 2018

Being held accountable for the entire care episode is one of the greatest challenges providers face under value-based care. Even though many acute care providers don't own the full continuum of care, they're often held accountable for care decisions made outside of their control. Instead, providers must influence downstream behavior through strong partnerships with post-acute (PAC) providers.

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How social workers bolster primary care—and how to maximize their potential

by Abby Burns and Tomi Ogundimu December 11, 2018

If you speak to primary care leaders and physicians who have effectively integrated licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) into their practices, they'll tell you how critical this team member is. We spoke to one provider who said "to remove a social worker would undermine anything we try to do care for people living in poverty." Another told us that if he could, he'd exclusively hire social workers when looking to enhance his care team.

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Learn how the University of Pennsylvania prevents CHW burnout—and maintains a 2:1 ROI

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu December 6, 2018

Back in May, we introduced the University of Pennsylvania Health System's high-value community health worker (CHW) program called IMPaCT. Given the questions many of you asked on how the program is structured and what the CHWs do day-to-day, we returned to Penn to shadow a CHW. One of our biggest lessons from that day is that without tools to effectively manage time and patients, CHWs can quickly burn out.

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Your missing risk factor? Untreated hearing loss costs an additional $22K per patient—here's what Johns Hopkins does about it.

by Clare Wirth, Petra Esseling, and Tomi Ogundimu December 4, 2018

Few population health managers focus on hearing loss as a contributing risk factor of cost, but hearing loss is a costly and treatable condition hidden in plain sight. It's highly prevalent and impacts two-thirds of people over age 70. Two recent studies in JAMA Otolaryngology demonstrate how untreated hearing loss may impact your bottom line:

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