Care Transformation Center Blog

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

ICYMI: Should you move to less frequent checkups? Proceed with caution.

Tomi Ogundimu July 23, 2019

Editor's note: A version of this post previously ran in the Daily Briefing.

Annual checkups were originally designed to detect early signs of disease, but recent research has clinicians debating whether annual medical exams are worth it.

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Population health is on the C-suite's mind. What else is?

Yulan Egan , Andrea Martin July 17, 2019

Editor's note: This post was originally published on the "At the Helm" blog. For further insights on the survey's findings, read Rob Lazerow's interview with Modern Healthcare.

At the start of every year, the Health Care Advisory Board research team conducts the Advisory Board Research Annual Health Care CEO Survey to identify the top strategic priorities for hospital and health system leaders. In this year's survey, we asked respondents to rate 29 issues on a scale of "A" to "F," with "A" indicating the greatest interest in learning more from Advisory Board researchers about the topic.

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What 1,000+ of your peers want to know about social determinants of health

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu July 11, 2019

In June, the Population Health Advisor held two webconferences: Health Equity 101 and Social Determinants of Health 101. Member interest on the topics has amplified just in the past year. This increasing interest likely stems from the confluence of increased academic research, policy shifts towards value, and a growing Medicaid population.

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Obesity is a chronic condition. Here's one expert's take on how to treat it like one.

by Abby Burns and Tomi Ogundimu July 3, 2019

We warned providers against relying too heavily on commercial diet programs to address their patients' obesity in our last post on weight management. However, if commercial diet programs are not best practice to address obesity, what is?

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Adult patients forget 40% to 80% of medical information after an appointment. Here's how providers can do better.

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu June 27, 2019

Editor's note: This post is the first part of an ongoing series featuring insights from the development of the Population Health Advisor's Care Delivery Innovation Reference Guide tool.

In early 2018, the Population Health Advisor (PHA) released the Care Delivery Innovation Reference Guide. The tool summarizes the evidence base and documented ROI behind key interventions. This year, we added 20 new interventions to the library, including food security services and hospice care. After reading hundreds of academic studies, PHA researchers have learned a lot about what makes—or breaks—an intervention. Here's what you need to know about one of those interventions: health literacy.

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CMS is expanding telehealth for Medicare Advantage. Here's how to prepare.

by Samara Ford, Anna Yakovenko, and Clare Wirth June 25, 2019

Editor's note: This post previously ran as two separate posts in The Growth Channel blog. The first post can be found here, and the second one can be found here.

Over the past several years, Medicare Advantage (MA) has been a high-risk, high-reward entry point into risk-based contracts. In particular, MA plans have more flexibility to determine the types of supplemental benefits they can offer chronically ill enrollees, including nonmedical benefits.

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Breast cancer risk prediction is less accurate for Black patients. Deep learning is changing that.

by Ty Aderhold, Matt Morrill, and Darby Sullivan June 19, 2019

Editor's note: A version of this post previously ran on The Reading Room.

Health equity is a central strategic goal for many safety-net institutions, and population health investments to address systemic inequities are often focused on the social determinants of health—but those aren't the only factors that lead to unequal outcomes. Clinical processes themselves can contribute to inequities in care, as clinical research often fails to include people of color. Population health leaders can harness artificial intelligence and deep learning to begin to combat these inequalities.

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Here's why you can't overlook trauma-informed care

by Darby Sullivan, Praveena Fernes, and Tomi Ogundimu June 11, 2019

Many provider organizations tell us about how they're addressing social determinants of health to reduce total cost of care, improve patient outcomes, and advance health equity. However, few of those we talk to understand the extent of the impact trauma has on many medically and socially complex patients. Here's what you need to know.

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