NHA is one of the 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies
Companies today recognize that they have opportunities to use data and analytics to raise productivity, improve decision-making, and gain competitive advantage. CIOs understand that analytics will define the difference between the losers and winners going forward. As the market evolves a vast array of data analytics technology and solution vendors are positioning themselves for leadership. A large number of venture-backed startups are battling against established BI and enterprise software providers.
While there are plenty to choose from, organizations that succeed with Big Data analytics will be those that understand the possibilities, see through the vendor hype and choose the right deployment model. In the last few months, we have looked at hundreds of data analytics companies and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the real analytics challenges. We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Data Analytics Companies. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIOReview selected the Final 20.Continue reading...
Although we are still assessing the impact of the partial government shutdown on completion of the calendar year 2014 Medicare fee for service payment regulations, we intend to issue the final rules on or before November 27, 2013, generally to be effective on January 1, 2014. The impacted regulations include:
- Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (CMS-1526-F)
- CY 2014 Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (CMS-1601-FC)
- CY 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1450-F)
- Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014 Final Rule with Comment Period (CMS-1600-FC)
Spike in U.S. measles cases shows disease still a threat: officialsby David Beasley
The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine.
There have been 175 measles cases so far in 2013, compared with the typical national average of about 60 cases a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The federal health agency said home-grown measles were eliminated in the United States in 2000, but the disease has continued to be carried into the country from people who have traveled abroad.Continue reading...
Report on State of Population Health Programs in US Hospitals
A study finds that hospitals have a median of two employees assigned to manage population health, with mid-level managers being the most likely to be involved. It concludes that hospital population health approaches are inconsistent and poorly integrated.Continue reading...
Transparent Data + Clinicians = Better Care
New Resources Demonstrate How Reporting Performance Data Spurs Quality Improvement
On average, U.S. adults get only 55 percent of recommended care for their conditions. But when clinicians have transparent and reliable data on how well their practices perform, they are motivated to improve the quality of care they provide.
Case studies, a brief, interviews, videos, and other resources from community alliances leading the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality
(AF4Q) initiative show that physician practices use performance data to compare how they stack up to their peers, which spurs improvement. Community alliances also use the data to identify top performers and enable providers to share best practices, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
These resources are part of AF4Q’s Quality Field Notes
series highlighting lessons learned by clinicians, patients, and payers to transform health care locally.Read more...
Research Paper Estimating that more than 400,000 preventable deaths occur in US Hospitals annually
An on-line only commentary in the New York Times about a recent paper that suggests that the number of preventable fatal medical errors reported in the famous IOM reports To Err is Human
and Crossing the Quality Chasm
were grossly underestimated. Instead of 98,000 preventable deaths, the study reports a number of 440,000. The commentary continues that data reporting about morbidity and mortality and certainly preventable deaths is so poor, that patients can hardly assess the quality and safety of hospitals. It is about the measuring the wrong things, incomplete data, limited data selection, etc. It especially lashes out to the site Hospital Compare. The essence of this all is poor data quality. Of course there is this assumption that reporting complete and correct data will prompt hospitals to improve their performance in terms of quality of care and patient safety, which remains to be seen.Read the paper...
U.S. Stroke Deaths Fell 30 Percent Over Past DecadeExperts unsure exactly why, but better prevention and after-stroke care may be factors
Stroke deaths in the United States have been dropping for more than 100 years and have declined 30 percent in the past 11 years, a new report reveals.
Sometimes called a brain attack, stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability.
Stroke, however, has slipped from the third-leading cause of death in the United States to the fourth-leading cause. This, and a similar decline in heart disease, is one of the 10 great public-health achievements of the 20th century, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Continue reading...
The Leapfrog Group publishes its annual list of top hospitals based on quality of care.
The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given annually to the highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all urban, rural, and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology, which is updated annually. For a full list of each year's Top Hospitals, continue reading...
4 Things You Should Know About the Cost of Health Care
The roll out of the Affordable Care Act and increased news coverage of health care issues have left many consumers confused about their health insurance premiums and rising costs overall. In a new Culture of Health blog post, Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, outlines why we need more transparency in health care, and how it will affect prices, costs and quality of care for all Americans.
On December 6, Susan Dentzer and other national experts will discuss this issue and findings from the National Price Transparency Summit during the Foundation’s second Google Hangout.Continue reading...
Better Care at Lower Cost: Is It Possible?by Deborah Lorber
Even if you’re not an expert on health care or the Affordable Care Act, you’ve probably heard that the costs of care in the United States are high—really high. Maybe you’ve even heard that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. But what does it mean? Why does it happen? And can we do anything about it?Continue reading...
Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2010by Karen Pazol, PhD; Andreea A. Creanga, MD, PhD; Kim D. Burley; Brenda Hayes, MPA; Denise J. Jamieson, MD
A total of 765,651 abortions were reported to CDC for 2010. Of these abortions, 753,065 (98.4%) were from the 46 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2001–2010. Among these same 46 reporting areas, the abortion rate for 2010 was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 228 abortions per 1,000 live births. Compared with 2009, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2010 decreased 3% and reached the lowest levels for the entire period of analysis (2001–2010); the abortion ratio was stable, changing only 0.4%. From 2001 to 2010, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 9%, 10%, and 8%, respectively. Given the 3% decrease from 2009 to 2010 in the total number and rate of reported abortions, in combination with the 5% decrease that had occurred in the previous year from 2008 to 2009, the overall decrease for both measures was greater during 2006–2010 than during 2001–2005, despite the annual variations that resulted in no net decrease during 2006–2008.Continue reading...
Hospitals adding retail clinicsby Kelsey Brimmer
Consumers are not alone in finding retail clinics an attractive option. Increasingly, hospitals are adding them to their array of services.
A national study released in mid-November by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) found that the proportion of retail clinics owned by hospital systems doubled (from 9 percent to 18 percent) between 2007 and 2010.
Prominent hospital systems owning and operating clinics include the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System and California-based Sutter Health.Continue reading...