Healthcare News Spotlight: July 15
5 Test Cases to Prove the Value of Population Health Management
Health IT Analytics recently outlined five practical avenues providers can take to get their population health efforts started without overwhelming their organization. The article explains how starting with high-impact areas can help build both clinical staff and patient confidence in efforts and keep costs in check. Suggested entry points are: cultivating engagement and education for diabetes patients, improving screening rates and integration for mental healthcare, coordinating care for pediatric patients and their caregivers, boosting screening rates for hepatitis C patients, and addressing food and housing insecurity for vulnerable patients.
IMS Health Study: Low Levels of Adherence and Persistence Remain Barriers to Reducing the Costs of Diabetes Complications
A new report from IMS Health reveals poor medication adherence of Type 2 Diabetes remains a significant issue for nearly half of patients worldwide. Furthermore, poorly managed diabetes leads to preventable comorbidities that lead to more healthcare costs and significantly decrease patient quality of life, productivity, and life expectancy. It was estimated $4 billion in annual costs from complications in the U.S. Medicare population are avoidable. The report also acknowledges multi-stakeholder (policymakers, payers, healthcare providers, the private sector, caregivers, families and patients) engagement is key to improved adherence and fewer complications, and enables healthcare providers to deliver effective personalized, patient-centric care.
CMS Allows Orgs to Share and Sell Medicare, Private Claims Data
An article in Health IT Analytics explains a new CMS healthcare reform rule that will allow qualified entities to share and sell Medicare and private payer claims data and analysis to providers, employer, and other stakeholders. Increased access to this information will help boost big data used for population health management and make it easier to improve care quality and reduce costs throughout the healthcare system. The rule will modify CMS’ Qualified Entity Program, which was designed to promote healthcare transparency and contribute to more quality improvement research by granting qualified entities access to Medicare claims data for analyzing healthcare provider and supplier performance. Previously entities were only allowed to produce quality performance reports for the public, the ruling will now allow for non-public use of the data.
Association of Specific Dietary Fats With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
A Harvard University nutrition study illuminates the health benefits of replacing saturated fat and trans-fat with unsaturated fats. Researchers examined the associations of specific dietary fat intake on mortality among 126,233 participants. Findings show different types of dietary fats have divergent effects on mortality: when compared with carbohydrates, every 5% increase of total calories from saturated fat was associated with an 8% higher risk of overall mortality, and every 2% higher intake of trans-fat was associated with a 16% higher risk of premature death. Alternatively, when compared with carbohydrates, every 5% increase in unsaturated fats was associated with between and 11% and 19% lower overall mortality.