It’s National Health IT Week!

This week, Sept 23-27, is National Health IT week.

Is that a thing?! Yes it is! Check it out here: https://www.healthitweek.org/

National Health IT week is founded and sponsored by HIMSS Media, and this year’s themes include some of my favorite topics: Advancing Population Health, and Addressing Social Determinants of Health.

Note that it says addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), which is great. In Pop Health Analytics we are still working on including Social Determinants (income, education, race and ethnicity, access to food and [...]

Future Cognitive Healthcare

Future Cognitive Company

Thomas Davenport in his article “AI for the Real World” describes how the “Future Cognitive Company” would use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to help find answers to the key strategic questions for the firm. He writes: “Most cognitive tasks [performed by AI algorithms] do work that wasn’t done by humans in the first place, such as big-data analytics.”

Healthcare providers are Cognitive Companies — today and in the future. And as Value-Based Care continues to grow, the various reimbursement and incentive models make care delivery increasingly complex, adding to the need to be [...]

Paper: A New Idea for Financing Key Investments in Healthy Communities

Social Determinants as Public Goods Taking Social-Risk Adjustment Beyond Care Quality-and-Performance Metrics In our May 2018 blog (Social Risk Adjustment for Provider Quality Measures), we addressed the need consider adjustments to healthcare-provider performance scores so that medical practices that serve disadvantaged populations don’t get penalized because diet, location, wealth, education level and environmental factors depress the wellness of these patients.

A recent paper published in the August 2018 issue of Health Affairs, Social Determinants as Public Goods, by Len M. Nichols and Lauren A. Taylor – takes [...]

Population Health Needs a Tight Definition to Succeed

populations of colorfully illustrated people, arranged as upward arrows on white background, representing population health definition The Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) celebrated its 10th anniversary last week – Congratulations!! That means that the concept of Population Health is now well established, not the novelty and the experiment that it was a decade ago. But, in my travels and meetings with healthcare providers and health IT firms in the Pop Health space, I notice that there’s a lot of variation in what people mean by the term Population Health – and this variation [...]

Social Risk Adjustment for Provider Quality measures

Physicians have two classic responses to quality or performance reports:

  1. My patients are sicker, or
  2. Your data is wrong.
We use risk-adjustment and data quality checks to address these concerns and to ensure that quality reports are accurate and fair.
But there is a third concern, very significant and real:
My patients…
  • …are poorer, less educated
  • …live in challenging neighborhoods
  • …don’t have access to healthy food, or for other reasons don’t eat healthy food
  • …don’t exercise, breathe unhealthy air or drink unhealthy water
  • …in short, are more “difficult”
We need to apply social risk adjustment to quality and performance metrics. This is not a [...]

How fast are we moving to Value-Based Payments?

Two of our Jefferson College of Population Health students presented on the progress of Value-Based Payments. Their chart is the blue line, and it’s based on CMS data. According to CMS targets, 30% of payments will be tied to quality or value in 2016, with a target of 50% in 2018. For these targets and updates, see CMS’ Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network.

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