Care Transformation Center Blog

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

Smart watches, smart care: How wearables can improve patient engagement

by Jasmaine McClain May 20, 2016

Wearable devices have exploded in the market in the last five years, with 245 million devices projected for sale by 2019. This new opportunity for patient engagement intrigues many providers who seek evidence-based approaches to care, though many remain skeptical about the accuracy of data and the ability to integrate this information into electronic medical records.

To keep pace with this new consumer trend, many provider organizations are looking for guidance on how to successfully integrate these devices into their clinical workflows. We’ve highlighted three innovative ways hospitals and health systems are using these evolving technologies to improve care.

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It's not you, it's us: How Mass General is addressing bias in health care

by Jasmaine McClain and Catherine Castillo May 13, 2016

Dr. Joe Betancourt
Dr. Joe Betancourt

Advisory Board Senior Analysts Jasmaine McClain and Catherine Castillo spoke with Dr. Joe Betancourt of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital to learn more about the center’s approach to eliminating health care disparities nationwide and lessons learned from the field.

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3 ways EMS and hospice can partner on end-of-life care

by Eric Sun May 6, 2016

A subset of patients on hospice ends up visiting the ED or admitted to the hospital while enrolled in the program. These visits can lead to unwanted treatments, revocation of a patient’s hospice status, and significant costs for hospice agencies.

I recently co-presented a webconference with Dr. Kevin Munjal, Chair of the New York Integrated Healthcare Association and Associate Director of Prehospital Care at Mount Sinai Health System, and Dr. Ritchell Dignam, Hospice Consultant at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, on how hospice agencies can partner with EMS agencies to address this issue. Below are some three of the key takeaways from the presentation.

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Your weapon for fighting 'scope creep'

Rebecca Tyrrell May 3, 2016

As a population health manager, odds are you’re overseeing a multitude of existing programs and initiatives while being encouraged to kick off new ones. The energy, sentiment, and potential impact of this work is thrilling, but may also feel daunting at times as you’re asked to make large decisions on relatively short timelines.

As pressure builds to do more now, the most helpful thing you can do is to pause and ensure that any new initiative you undertake starts with a clearly scoped plan of work.

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Advance care planning: Not a checkbox, but a patient-centered conversation

by Tomi Ogundimu and Daniel Hood April 29, 2016

April 16 was National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is aimed at raising awareness for end-of-life planning and advance directives. As we do every year at this time, I reconnected with with Dr. Ferdinando Mirarchi, DO, the medical director of UPMC Hamot’s emergency department and the principal investigator of the Realistic Interpretation of Advance Directives (TRIAD) studies.

Since Medicare began reimbursing provider conversations with patients regarding end-of-life care and preferences Jan. 1, 2016, many of you are wondering how best to leverage this new incentive. But Dr. Mirarchi would tell you, "advance care planning and patient-centered decision making requires us to not simply complete these conversations to check a box, but to use these incentives to get these conversations right."

Here are two important takeaways from our conversation with him on how to do just that.

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Is hospital care management stuck in the Stone Age?

Loren Mann, MBA, MS April 21, 2016

In many ways, we’re still in the Stone Age of inpatient care management. All too often, hospitals focus their care management activities on a singular episode of care within the acute setting, and then call it a day.

But the hospital is often only one stop in a patient’s total journey, and a narrow focus—by facility or even just by department—means missing out on other significant touchpoints. So, how do you know if your hospital’s care management functions are set up to deliver comprehensive and coordinated services, and promote success under value-based contracts?

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Having trouble with medication reconciliation? Try a pharmacist.

By Samantha Freedman and Jason Glaw April 8, 2016

Medication reconciliation, currently part of The Joint Commission’s (TJC) National Patient Safety Goal 3, has been required of hospitals for ten years. But there are still many medication errors. A 2010 study cited a 36% error rate in medication order errors.

While many of the discharge medications errors dealt with drugs such as aspirin, the impact of medication errors in the inpatient setting can be much more severe. A 2006 TJC publication reported that the approximately 1.5 million annual preventable drug adverse events cost the U.S. health system more than $3 billion.

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The impact of a community paramedicine pioneer on the state of New York

by Eric Sun April 7, 2016

In parts one and two of my interview with Dr. Kevin Munjal, Associate Director of Prehospital Care at Mount Sinai Health System, we talked about the community paramedicine programs that Mount Sinai has implemented. Here, we discuss Dr. Munjal’s role as founder of the New York Mobile Integrated Healthcare Association (NYMIHA) and the state of community paramedicine across New York State.

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