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Welcome to the Blogosphere! Voice on Population Health

The Care Continuum Alliance announces a timely new blog: Voice on Population Health. Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance, writes today’s inaugural post. She persuasively notes the increasing importance of the full continuum of population health interventions – wellness, prevention and other approaches to improving health, reducing disease risk and raising productivity. Bob […]

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Is Hospital-Physician Integration Sustainable?

Reprinted courtesy of MCOL. Perspectives on a Selected Key Topic |     April 2011/May 2011     |   Volume Three Issue Two Will a material number of hospitals and their core medical staffs, that are relatively independent, evolve into highly integrated delivery systems during this decade, and why? William J DeMarco MA, CMC President and CEO, Pendulum HealthCare […]

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Tire Kickers Need Not Apply: 8 First Impressions of the Medicare ACO Rule

On March 31, CMS released the long-awaited “Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations” document (ACO Rule). Read the details here (strong suggestion: unless you’re working on your PhD in ACOs, start with the fact sheets). There are many surprises. Here are eight first impressions on this 429 page tome: The bar has been set […]

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Webinar: Beacon Communities Reshaping Landscape for HIT and Population Health

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time — Presented by the Care Continuum Alliance Federally supported “Beacon Communities” are at work now defining how health information technology will support accountable, evidence-based care in communities – especially for care of chronic conditions. Backed by $235 million in federal grants, 15 communities across the country are serving as […]

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“Disease Management” RIP

The Care Continuum Alliance has mercifully and wisely rebranded it’s name and eliminated the initials “DMAA”. See its press release: Care Continuum Alliance Launches New Brand for Population Health Improvement. (As a reminder, DMAA originally stood for Disease Management Association of America.) I for one say “hurrah, and good riddance”. Where Did the Term “Disease Management” (DM) […]

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Status Report: HITPC and Workgroup Activities on HITECH Stages 2 & 3

  OK, let me be the first to admit that today’s “just-the-facts-ma’am” post might be a little dry…but trust me, its really important stuff to know in understanding the process of how the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) and its workgroups are approaching formulating recommendations for HITECH Stages 2 and 3. At this point at least two different […]

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Overview: Here Come Stages 2 and 3 of HITECH!

  We’ve spent the past year creating the MU (meaningful use) requirements for Stage 1 of the HITECH act.  As shown by the diagram above, Stage 1 focuses on Data Capture and Sharing. Now it’s time to begin to focus on Stage 2 (Advanced Clinical Processes) and Stage 3 (Improved Outcomes). The current generation of […]

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HITECH Health IT Legislation: Opportunities for the DMAA Community

Dr. Don Storey and I spoke at the at The Forum 09 conference in San Diego earlier this week. The DMAA publication “The Continuum” had an excellent writeup of our enthusiastically received presentation.  Here’s a copy of our PowerPoint slides… HITECH Health IT Legislation: Opportunities for the DMAA Community View more presentations from vincek. and here’s DMAA’s writeup: Helping physicians […]

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How Much Health-Related Productivity Loss is Really Avoidable? And Why Should I Care??

by John E. Riedel Study breaks new ground in calculating the "normal impairment factor." We know that poor health accounts for a considerable amount of productivity loss-anywhere from 1 ½ to 3 times direct medical costs.  The potential for disease prevention and disease management programs to reduce productivity loss has, for obvious reasons, caught the […]

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