Client News Coverage

Optimizing Patient Flow Requires Actionable, System-Wide Data

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

U.S. hospitals are straining under the weight of an influenza season that hit hard and fast, with the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) estimatingat least 280,000 flu hospitalizations out of a minimum of 29 million flu illnesses between Oct. 11, 2019 and Feb. 15, 2020. Now, they’re bracing for a potential pandemic in the form of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has made landfall in the U.S. with the number of confirmed cases climbing.

It’s a one-two punch that can quickly overwhelm emergency departments (ED) and inpatient resources of hospitals that lack optimized patient flow strategies.

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Defining Practice-Ready Nurses in Today’s Healthcare Environments: Why Comprehensive Education and Lifelong Learning is an Imperative

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

The dynamic of moving from classroom to practice is transformational for any nurse. It’s a sizeable step—one that cannot be taken lightly.

Consider the following real-life experience of a brilliant new nurse who just entered the workforce. Highly recommended, this nurse looked great on paper in terms of grades, but he also possessed the tremendous recall ability of a photographic memory. Yet, his first experience with an emergent situation spoke volumes about preparedness for practice. When he encountered a patient who was not breathing, the newly-graduated nurse froze, unable to take the necessary steps to initiate an emergency “Code Blue.”

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Readers Write: Value-Based Care Can Work When High-Touch, Personalized Care is the Strategy

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Humana recently released some noteworthy figures related to the company’s value-based care programs. An annual review of the health plan’s efforts reported 27% fewer hospital admissions and 14.6% fewer emergency rooms visits compared with traditional approaches.

That’s good news for the healthcare industry in terms of the sizable investment it has made into evolving pay-for-performance models over the past decade, especially in light of early studies that suggested lackluster returns. In fact, one 2016 study published in the British Medical Journal found minimal evidence to support the theory that value-based care models impacted mortality rates.

The question now becomes: What is driving Humana’s results?


Wedging Out: Improving Quality and Reducing Costs of Caring for Expensive, Niche Populations

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, February 05, 2020.

Health plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), medical homes, and other risk-bearing entities are at a critical juncture: they must achieve “value” at a time when healthcare is facing enormous challenges.

Rising healthcare prices, an aging population, and a rapid increase in costly complex and chronic diseases are driving up healthcare expenditures. Adopting value-based care is key to managing these expenditures as effective value-based strategies support higher quality care, lower costs, and a better patient experience.

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Healthcare's Wellness Agenda: The art and science of nursing practice moves center stage

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

The evolution of today’s care model from the traditional episodic/disease or “sick” care model to one of more sustainable value-based wellness, continues. The industry is currently building on the success of earlier strategies aimed at chronic disease management, taking performance to the next level by advancing wellness models to focus on early intervention to minimize the potential for disease onset.


SDoH Raise Interesting Privacy Questions

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Industry discussions related to social determinants of health (SDoH) have moved to center stage as health care stakeholders recognize the impact these nonclinical factors have on clinical outcomes and costs. SDoH are providing new insights into environmental influences that can hinder or promote a patient’s ability to follow through with care plans and make healthful lifestyle choices. 


Industry Voices—How an insights-driven health plan can compete in the MA market

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Data shared across an organization create a common language that informs decisions and supports organizational goals.

This builds alignment across business activities, catalyzes collaboration and enhances agility in response to competition and changing market dynamics—making the organization smarter, more innovative and more purposeful in its approach.

For health plans, these capabilities are particularly important in increasingly competitive Medicare Advantage (MA) markets, where consumers choose their insurance providers like they choose their medical providers. Add the move toward value-based reimbursement, and it becomes clear that the future belongs to organizations that power decisions with data-driven insights.


Critical Factors for Successful Post-Merger Data Interoperability

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Part One of this two-part series on patient identity management best practices looked at strategies for mitigating errors during data conversion. In Part Two, we examine the factors that are critical to successfully achieving clinical data interoperability.

While the debate underway at the national level focuses on a national patient identifier and what it will take to achieve nationwide interoperability, closer to home healthcare organizations need to keep accurate patient identity and data exchange within their own walls at the forefront.

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Mitigate Post-Merger MPI Data Conversion Errors

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2020.

An often-overlooked aspect of merger, acquisition or affiliation arrangements between healthcare organizations is the need to combine master patient index (MPI) databases. When improperly managed, data conversions can have serious short and long-term implications for impacted organizations and their patients.

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Avante Skilled Nursing centers adopt Furry Palz

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, January 08, 2020.

Thrive Behavioral Sciences, a leading provider of behavioral health services to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, has launched its Furry Palz Program at select Avante Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers across Central Florida.

Furry Palz provides dementia patients a cuddly robot puppy or kitten that simulates a breathing pet and can rest on the patient’s lap.

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VirtualHealth tackles #SDOH in care management platform — Harlow On Healthcare

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, January 07, 2020.

In this edition of Harlow On Healthcare, Mirabelle Cabiling, VP – Clinical Operations of VirtualHealth (@virtualhealth_), discusses HELIOS, her company’s communications hub for care managers to coordinate diverse care teams. The platform accommodates multiple types of data regarding medical issues and social determinants of health and enables improved communications with patients. The workflow is designed to optimize quality care delivery.


Social Determinants of Health: A Top Priority Among Millennial Nurses

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, December 04, 2019.

The past decade has ushered in notable changes to the way nurses care for patients. In tandem with increased clinical responsibility to address higher acuity patients, today’s nurses are on the frontlines of the industry’s shift from “sick care” to sustainable wellness models. It’s an evolution that demands they move outside the four walls of the traditional acute care centers and into the community to deliver care to all, ensuring the underserved and most vulnerable populations have access to quality, proactive healthcare as well.

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How Outsourcing Can Improve MPI Data Integrity

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Outsourcing is far from a foreign concept to health information management (HIM) leaders who have long relied on vendor organizations to reduce costs associated with transcription, coding and release of information (ROI). Today, forward-thinking HIM directors are looking toward outsourcing to help maintain the integrity of their master patient index (MPI) systems by significantly reducing or even eliminating duplicate and overlay task backlogs.

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Wolters Kluwer Takes Candid Look At The Changing Nursing Profession Through The Lens Of Practicing Nurses

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

As the delivery of healthcare transforms from disease-based episodic care to patient and population health-centric models of wellness care, nurses are facing new pressures and priorities to deliver high quality, safer and more consistent care both at bedside and in the community. That’s based on a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer, Health in which nearly all nurse respondents indicated that more access to information that drives evidence-based decisions at the point of care would result in a significant improvement in patient outcomes.

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Quality Data: Simplify Data Governance, Advance Interoperability, and Improve Analytics

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Unsustainable healthcare costs are driving seismic changes to the way payers do business. All healthcare stakeholders face significant pressure within the framework of value-based care to cut costs while simultaneously improving clinical outcomes and populations health. Consequently, forward-looking operational and clinical leaders recognize that they must invest in innovative approaches and technology such as automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to stay relevant and competitive in a dynamic marketplace.