Care Transformation Center Blog

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How the University of Colorado Health cut the total cost of ED patient care by 18%, in 6 steps

by Clare Wirth and Tomi Ogundimu November 15, 2018

Reducing avoidable ED utilization is a top priority for every population health. However, ED optimization is often a missed opportunity to right-size utilization. Inefficient EDs threaten the ability to accommodate growth of covered lives and risk financial loss under value-based care arrangements due to:

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Answers to the top population health advisor questions of Q3

by Darby Sullivan, Andrew McGrath, and Tomi Ogundimu November 13, 2018

Across the late summer and early fall of 2018, our Population Health Advisor experts received and answered 140 questions on best practices in value-based care delivery. At the top of your peers' minds? 1) Improving ED workflow for acute behavioral health patients, and 2) establishing inclusion criteria for palliative care services. Here's what we've shared in response.

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Put an end to drug diversion in your hospital

by Lindsay Conway and Colleen Keenan November 8, 2018

The opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on the United States with an average of 115 Americans dying each day from an opioid overdose. Health systems have worked to support their patients and communities in the fight, but these organizations have often overlooked their own employees in the process. Health care workers are not immune to the effects of the opioid crisis. In fact, it is estimated that 15% of pharmacists, 10% of nurses, and 8% of physicians are challenged with alcohol or drug dependency at some point in their careers.

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Investing in behavioral health mobile apps? Keep these 3 considerations in mind.

Andrew Rebhan , Peter Kilbridge November 1, 2018

Mobile health apps for behavioral health supplement traditional in-person therapy. They also provide greater access, convenience, scale, lower cost, and the possibility for anonymity. According to IQVIA, mental health apps make up the largest proportion of total health apps. They provide disease-specific support and management, focusing on conditions like autism, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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How Montefiore, Intermountain, and Atrium Health use technology to increase behavioral health access

Petra Esseling , Peter Kilbridge October 30, 2018

Behavioral health needs are highly prevalent, comorbid with other chronic conditions, and associated with increased clinical care and cost. Spending on behavioral health services is projected to reach roughly $239 billion by 2020—that's 5.5% of total health spend.

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4 ways to optimize your community health investment strategy

by Darby Sullivan, Petra Esseling , and Tomi Ogundimu October 25, 2018

Population health leaders are increasingly extending care model interventions into the community to address patients' unmet social needs to stave off an acute care episode. But many are unclear on how to best allocate limited resources across possible community investments. There are three major barriers that hinder a strategic approach to investment in community-based interventions:

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3 innovative service lines advancing population health goals

by Shay Pratt and Clare Wirth October 16, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated on October 25, 2018.

Health systems have long used services lines as an organizational model for specialty care. Service lines integrate services such as orthopedics and neurosciences into a single administrative structure. In the legacy fee-for-service market, the service line model helped many systems organize strategy, grow services, and plan investments.

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