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Data challenges for the Social ACO

February 24th, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

A relatively recent construct in Value-Based Care programs is the merger of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with programs designed to address specific Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). One such […]

Toward a more comprehensive understanding of people and populations: New tools and approaches

February 15th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

With HIMSS17 around the corner, I’ve been thinking about advances in technology and data and the history of silos and systems in healthcare delivery. Optimizing a part of a complex […]

A national quality strategy relentlessly pursuing improvement of eight outcomes: Is now the time?

January 23rd, 2017 / By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

Everyone, except for the measurement industry, seems to agree that we have too many metrics1 for measuring performance. An increasing number of individuals and organizations are also saying that the […]

Healthcare predictions in a time of uncertainty

January 18th, 2017 / By Kristine Daynes

We all know the Trump administration’s commitment to repeal and replace key components of the Affordable Care Act. What we don’t know is what that will look like or how […]

Public spending on social services vs. direct health care and associated health outcomes

January 4th, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

In last month’s blog , I discussed the appearance of a new set of ICD-10 codes related to social determinants of health and discussed how this individual-level measurement may be […]

Let’s make America healthy again

December 9th, 2016 / By Steve Delaronde

Making America healthy again implies that there once was a time when most Americans were healthier than they are now.  This depends on how we define health and the time […]

My go-to sites for information on healthcare quality and payment

December 2nd, 2016 / By Kristine Daynes

Two years ago, I blogged about my favorite websites for information on population health. Since then my inbox has become crowded with e-newsletters and alerts. Recently I found myself unsubscribing […]

ICD-10 adds more detail on the social determinants of health

November 16th, 2016 / By Paul LaBrec

The requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last fall to begin coding healthcare claims for reimbursement using the International Classification of Diseases-Tenth Revision (ICD-10) has greatly […]

Socioeconomic factors and hospital readmission rates – Part 2

October 3rd, 2016 / By Paul LaBrec

In my previous blog, I began discussing the question of whether or not socioeconomic status of patients is related to their risk for hospital readmission and presented opposing conclusions from […]

Socioeconomic factors and hospital readmission rates – Part one

September 16th, 2016 / By Paul LaBrec

In their 2011 edition of Health US,1 the National Center for Health Statistics acknowledged the relationship between social factors and health status with a “Special Feature on Socioeconomic Status (SES) […]

One more year and five lessons learned from the MSSP ACOs

September 9th, 2016 / By Kristine Daynes

CMS recently announced the 2015 financial and quality results for nearly 400 Medicare ACOs. My 3M colleagues and I were eager to sift through the data for insights to help […]

Patient- (not disease-) focused relationship over time: One attribute of high performing care

September 2nd, 2016 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

If you are interested in improving population health outcomes and by so doing reduce the trajectory of cost increases, it is useful to reflect on the foundations of high performing […]