Social Determinants of Health: Scenarios to Encourage the Sharing of Sensitive Information

Dr. Randy WilliamsIdentifying social determinants of health (SDH) requires providers to probe beyond the scope of clinical data. But how can health teams ensure that patients and health plan members provide valid data during SDH assessments? In this audio interview, Dr. Randall Williams, chief executive officer, Pharos Innovations, describes three scenarios to build trust and encourage individuals to share sensitive information during SDH interactions.

During Social Determinants and Population Health: Moving Beyond Clinical Data in a Value-Based Healthcare System, a December 2016 webinar now available for replay, Dr. Williams shares his insight on the opportunity available to providers to impact population health beyond traditional clinical factors.


Length: 3:16 minutes

UT Southwestern ACO Home Health Narrow Network Reinforces Providers’ Home Care Accountability

Cathy BryanAfter UT Southwestern Accountable Care Network (UTSACN) discovered its home health spend was more than twice the national average, it applied data analytics to create a preferred home health network of 20 agencies (down from 1,200) that has saved more than $6 million in home health utilization in the first quarter of 2016 alone.

In this podcast, Cathy Bryan, director of care coordination at UTSACN, describes the provider reeducation process supporting the launch of this narrow network that has improved accountability, data sharing and communications related to home health utilization.

During Advanced Care Coordination: Bridging the Gap Between Appropriate Levels of Care and Care Plan Adherence for ACO Attributed Lives, a September 2016 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Bryan shares how her organization’s care coordination model manages utilization while achieving its mission of bridging care gaps and enhancing health outcomes for approximately 250,000 covered lives.


Length: 3:21 minutes

Data Analytics Drive Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, Boost Beneficiary Attribution, Retention

Elena TkachevBeyond facilitating business decisions and improving quality of care and patient experience, data analytics help Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) to close gaps in preventive care within its 24 accountable care organizations (ACOs), explains Elena Tkachev, CHS director of ACO analytics.

One key preventive metric for the largest U.S. sponsor of Medicare Shared Savings Programs (MSSPs) is the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), which CHS has set as a core goal. In this audio interview, Ms. Tkachev describes the rationale behind this goal, how data analytics drives AWVs, and the dramatic correlation between AWVs and patient attribution.

During a January 2016 webinar, Data Analytics in Accountable Care: Strategies and Case Studies, now available for replay, Elena Tkachev shared her organization’s experience in using data analytics effectively to improve ACO results.


Length: 3:37 minutes

Next Generation Healthcare Nurse Navigators: The Advantages That Won Over ‘Solo Cowboy’ Practitioners

Robert FortiniWhen Bon Secours adapted Geisinger’s case management model six years ago and embedded nurse navigators within physician practices, there was reluctance and even resistance from some “solo cowboy” physician practitioners, recalls Robert Fortini, PNP, chief clinical officer for Bon Secours Medical Group. Today, providers are fiercely protective of the cadre of 70 nurse navigators, who do the “heavy lifting” of chronic care management.

In this audio interview, Fortini offers some lessons learned for organizations considering the embedded case management approach, including budgetary planning, calculations, and “icing-on-the-cake” outcomes for patients and hospitals.

During a January 2016 webinar, Physician Reimbursement in 2016: Workflow Optimization for Chronic Care Management and Advance Care Planning, now available for replay, Fortini offered an inside look at Bon Secours’ experience with CMS’ chronic care management reimbursement in 2015 and how they leverage this experience for CMS’s newest billable event in 2016—advance care planning.


Length: 3:24 minutes

Is Technology the Answer to Patient Engagement? The Intermountain Healthcare Experience

Tammy RichardsTools such as smartphone apps and automated reminders are increasingly employed to engage patients in self-care. But if healthcare organizations aren’t careful to create a seamless care experience, technology could actually disengage patients, even the youngest ones, according to Tammy Richards, corporate director of patient and clinical engagement at Intermountain Healthcare. In this audio interview, Ms. Richards suggests some ways to incorporate meaningful technology while creating a connected health strategy to engage patients.

During an October 2015 webinar, A Patient Engagement Framework: Intermountain Healthcare’s Approach for a Value-Based System, now available for replay, Ms. Richards shares the six key tenets of Intermountain’s patient engagement strategy.


Length: 3:02 minutes

Road Shows, Report Cards Engage Providers in Top-Performing Medicare Pioneer ACO

Kelly ClementsPhysician engagement is one of three top challenges of the Medicare Pioneer ACO model, along with performance improvement and care management, explains Kelly Clements, Pioneer program director for Steward Health Care Network, which operates Promise, a top-performer in CMS’s Medicare Pioneer ACO program.

To drive engagement in its accountable care organization at the provider level, Steward offers a range of physician tools and supports, including road shows and report cards, which Ms. Clements describes in this audio interview.

During a June 2015 webinar, Medicare Pioneer ACO: Care Management, Quality Improvement and Data Integration Yields Substantial Performance Gains, now available for replay, Kelly Clements shares her organization’s Pioneer ACO Program experience over the first three Pioneer performance years and how Steward leverages this experience with other risk-based contracts, including the newly announced CMS Next Generation ACO Model.


Length: 4:09 minutes

Care Coordinators Boost Physician Practice Potential for Humana Value-Based Rewards

Chip HowardThe use of a care coordinator boosts the quality of care a physician practice provides and thus its potential for earning incentives in Humana’s Physician Quality Rewards program, explains Chip Howard, Humana’s vice president of payment innovation in the provider development center of excellence.

Here, Howard describes the value Humana places on the care coordination function, and describes the support and training available to physician practices at each level of the three-tiered rewards program, a hallmark of Humana’s Accountable Care Continuum.

Chip Howard will share how Humana’s program supports physicians’ transition from volume to value and helps them become successful population health managers during a December 16, 2014 webinar, Physician Quality Rewards for Population Health Management, a 45-minute program sponsored by The Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Length: 7:22 minutes

Deconstructing Health Reform: 3 Reasons Medicare and Pioneer ACOs May Not Survive

Given changing reimbursement incentives and collaborative models for physicians and hospitals, Greg Mertz, managing director of Physician Strategies Group, LLC, discusses why the Congressional proposal “Better Care, Lower Cost Act” of 2014 is financially more attractive to providers than ACO models and whether he thinks it will be passed. He also deconstructs CMS’ recently reported financial results for such health reform delivery initiatives as Medicare ACOs, Pioneer ACOs, and the Physician Group Practice demonstration, and weighs in on which, if any, model he considers the most sustainable.

Greg Mertz helped healthcare organizations assess which value-based healthcare delivery model is right for their organization during Physician Alignment: Which Model Is Right for You?, a February 19th, 2014 workshop at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.


Length: 5:58 minutes

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: Expect Surge in Commercial ACOs to Continue

Despite the migration of some Pioneer ACOs to CMS’s Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), expect the surge in commercial accountable care organizations to continue in 2014, predicts Steven Valentine, president, The Camden Group. In this audio interview, Valentine suggests improvements to patient handoffs, an area in which ACOs have disappointed, in Valentine’s view, as well as expectations for the other much-modeled care delivery platform, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

In both the ACO and the PCMH, Valentine anticipates specialists will be critical parts of the solution, especially when it comes to emerging payment models, quality and performance.

Steven Valentine and Catherine Sreckovich, managing director, healthcare, Navigant, provided a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers and payors in 2014 during an October 30, 2013 webinar, Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: A Strategic Planning Session.


Length: 8:13 minutes

Improving Population Health with Embedded Case Managers in an Open, Multi-Payor Community

There’s education, there’s experience, and then there’s the ‘right stuff’ — the indefinable personality traits that earmark an individual as a change agent, collaborator and ambassador of case management, says Annette Watson, senior vice president of community transformation for Taconic IPA (TIPA), of TIPA’s requirements for the RN case managers it hires for its advanced patient-centered medical homes.

Then there are the not insignificant contributions of the RN case manager to accountable and patient-centered care, which Ms. Watson describes in this interview.

While staff-buy-in and communication continue to challenge the embedded case manager model, the participant in CMS Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative says reimbursement for embedded case management is less of an obstacle today than in the past, due to funding-friendly care models and pilots descending from healthcare reform.

Ms. Watson shared how TIPA has successfully embedded case managers in an open, multi-payor community during an October 9, 2013 webinar, Improving Population Health with Embedded Case Managers in an Open, Multi-Payor Community.


Length: 8:36 minutes