Forecasting population health trends
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
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
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?
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.
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
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?
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?