Care Transformation Center Blog

The insights, tools, and resources you need to take on population health management

Want to cut Medicaid ED visits? Start with ambulatory care access—here's how.

by Hamza Hasan and Clare Wirth May 8, 2019

Editor's note: A version of this post previously ran on Practice Notes.

According to the CDC's latest data release, ED visits hit a record high in 2016. Patients covered by Medicaid and other state-based programs make up 38% of the 146 million visits across the United States—the highest of any payer type.

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How this Georgia organization used telehealth to cut the pre-term birth rate by 50%

by Emily Johnson, Samara Ford, and Abby Burns May 2, 2019

Editor's note: This story was first published on The Growth Channel and has been modified for a care transformation audience.

Maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to rise, even as they decline in other developed nations. Equally alarming are the high rates of pre-term birth and low birth weight infants.

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The 2-step process to revamp your post-acute care transition process

by Clare Wirth and Tomi Ogundimu April 30, 2019

Earlier this month, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI) top deputy Adam Boehler announced he may be looking to a bundled payment model for post-acute care (PAC) to save money and improve care. While actual implementation is far from imminent, CMMI's interest in PAC bundles underscores the opportunity to better manage populations with enhanced acute care-PAC partnerships.

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Your top population health questions from Q1, answered

by Darby Sullivan, Samara Ford, and Tomi Ogundimu April 25, 2019

Across the first quarter of 2019, we received over 200 questions from members through The Expert Center on all aspects of care transformation. In 2018, many of our questions focused on how best to optimize the foundational aspects of population health, from care transitions to palliative care. This year, your peers are increasingly interested in how to effectively manage specialized populations like dual-eligible patients and pediatric behavioral health needs.

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You can't tackle infant mortality without addressing racial disparities. Here's how.

by Abby Burns and Tomi Ogundimu April 18, 2019

In our first post highlighting how providers can reduce infant mortality, we noted that the infant mortality rate in the United States is 5.9 infant deaths per 1,000 births. But when we break it down by demographic groups, the rate for Black infants is nearly double that number at 11.4 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with 4.9 among non-Hispanic white infants. These racial disparities hold for pregnancy outcomes as well: The rate of preterm birth is 14% among Black women, compared with 9% among white women.

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Medical marijuana: The hospital leader's to-do list

by Rebecca Tyrrell and Colleen Keenan April 16, 2019

As of January 2019, 33 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational or medical marijuana. However, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and is classified as a Schedule I substance—meaning the federal government has ruled that it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use in the United States.

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What Walmart's walk-in mental health clinic reveals about how to improve care

by Clare Wirth and Tomi Ogundimu April 11, 2019

Walmart recently opened a mental health clinic in one of their Texas stores. Patients can now walk in without an appointment and receive treatment for low-acuity needs (e.g., stress, grief). Walmart's motivation to get into the behavioral health care game likely stems from a desire to increase foot traffic in their brick and mortar stores. To do that, they’ve jumped on a key service gap: access to behavioral health services.

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Your top 3 questions about community health workers—answered

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu April 4, 2019

Last month, Population Health Advisor members from the University of Pennsylvania joined us for a co-hosted webconference on how organizations can develop an evidence-based community health worker (CHW) program. As one listener remarked, "Wow—a CHW can transform a patient's life."

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