Posts Tagged ‘chronic conditions’

Infographic: Top 5 Chronic Health Conditions Impacting Population Health

June 17th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Inpatient stays, though sometimes necessary, can be physically and mentally challenging for patients and are expensive for both those seeking treatment and providing care. This can be especially true for patients with chronic conditions that require consistent management and care coordination, oftentimes between multiple facilities and physicians, according to a new infographic by Definitive Healthcare.

The infographic examines the five most common chronic health conditions in the United States as well as their associated costs and comorbidities.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health ManagementAs the healthcare industry’s pace from volume-based to value-based healthcare payment models accelerates so does the demand for more effective management of population health. With the growth of these payment models, healthcare organizations are taking on more risk in terms of shared savings and shared risk arrangements and are investing heavily in programs to support population health. These programs are expanding in both scope of services and health conditions and disease states managed. With the help of advanced technologies in healthcare, this growth will only continue.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health Management is the fourth comprehensive analysis of population health management by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, capturing key metrics such as populations, health conditions and health risk levels targeted by population health management programs; risk stratification criteria; prevalence of value-based payment models supporting population health management programs; population health management processes, tools, workflows and forms; and program outcomes and ROI from responding healthcare organizations. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Addressing Medication Complexity Through Community-Based Strategies

February 22nd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Juggling medications can be overwhelming for people with complex needs — individuals who often struggle with low health literacy, unstable housing, isolation, and other unmet issues. This population is often prescribed multiple medications from numerous providers taken on different schedules with no overall provider oversight, according to a new infographic by the Center for Health Care Strategies.

The infographic illustrates this issue and outlines community-based approaches to address it, such as developing risk algorithms to identify at-risk patients and simplifying medication use through comprehensive medication management.

Leveraging Pharmacists to Reduce Cost and Improve Medication Adherence in High-Risk PopulationsWhen it comes to medication management for Medicare beneficiaries, there are more than 25 different factors that can complicate proper use of prescribed medicines—from affordability issues, even among the insured, to fear of a drug’s side effects to potential dangers from high-risk medications or health conditions.

Leveraging Pharmacists to Reduce Cost and Improve Medication Adherence in High-Risk Populations examines Novant Health’s deployment of pharmacists as part of its five-pronged strategy to deliver healthcare value through medication management services.

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Infographic: Medicare Enrollees with Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 19th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

A small fraction of
Medicare enrollees with multiple chronic conditions drive a majority of Medicare spending. Moreover, these enrollees also drive an even greater percentage of hospital readmissions within 30 days of initial discharge—a metric targeted by policymakers as a symptom of wasteful spending, according to a new infographic by the California Health Care Foundation.

The infographic examines the share of Medicare activity by enrollees with multiple chronic conditions as well as the most common chronic conditions among Medicare enrollees.

In the sphere of value-based healthcare, chronic care management (CCM) is a critical component of primary care and population health management. Targeting the Triple Aim goals of better health and care for individuals while reducing spending, CCM is viewed as a stepping-stone to success under Medicare’s Quality Payment Program that launched January 1, 2017.

2017 Healthcare Benchmarks: Chronic Care captures tools, practices and lessons learned by the healthcare industry related to the management of chronic disease.

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Yale Online Forum Helps Teens with Diabetes “Not Look Like a Jerk”

August 14th, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

Being a teenager is hard enough; when it’s complicated by a chronic disease like type 1 diabetes, it’s even harder.

Enter telehealth, in the form of a monitored discussion board for teens with the disease.

Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor at the Yale School of Nursing, has spent the majority of her career helping patients and families manage chronic conditions, and helping kids — teenagers in particular — manage their diabetes through their teen years so they can reduce their risk of long-term complications.

“I’ve been studying these kids for 30 years,” says the pediatric nurse practitioner, who, prior to assuming the deanship in 2005, served as associate dean for scholarly affairs and was the founding director of the school’s doctoral program and the NIH-funded Center for Self and Family Management and a related pre- and post-doctoral training program. “Kids have black and white thinking — and have to manage how to ‘not look like a jerk’ by being given the skills to manage their disease, to think about it in a different way.”

Grey and other researchers conducted several clinical trials: an advanced diabetic education project and a life skills program, which showed that teens with diabetes’ overall health and quality of life were better after going through both programs. Results showed that intensive therapy and better metabolic control reduced the incidence and progression of microvascular and neuropathic complications from diabetes from 27 percent to 76 percent.

But how to maintain those results? According to researchers, “Metabolic control tends to deteriorate as a combined result of insulin resistance that accompanies the hormonal changes of adolescence and lower adherence to the treatment regimen often associated with the desire for autonomy.”

“So we took those interventions and developed an online program kids could do at their leisure,” Grey says. It incorporated a monitored discussion board that allowed kids to communicate with others like them. Teens with diabetes overcome their fear of being stigmatized by logging onto the Web site,­ called TeenCope, ­with other teens with diabetes and engaging in self-management exercises. The online program simulates situations teenagers with diabetes might encounter by using graphic novel animations that illustrate coping skills lessons from the animated characters. “As kids transition to adolescence, they require more effort and thought,” Grey says.

Peer support is an important component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as adolescents face pressures such as not wanting to reveal medical equipment in a social setting, or reveal their medical conditions in a social situation.

In addition, the program will also integrate an online educational program aimed at problem-solving for teens with diabetes. Adolescence is a time when patients neglect self-monitoring, dietary recommendations, and pharmacologic treatments — not because of a lack of knowledge, but due to the decision-making difficulties characteristic of this life stage. Studies show that poor metabolic control in the teen years correlates to reduced self-management in adulthood, making adolescence a key period for developing healthy behaviors. And once teenagers can get a handle on their diabetes, they improve not only their own health, but their families’ quality of life.

“This is a way to give them the skills to think about their condition in a different way,” Grey says.

Infographic: Top 5 Causes of Falls

October 1st, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

With consensus widespread that much of ER use is avoidable and preventable, many healthcare organizations are working to staunch the flow and expense of avoidable use.

Still, every 15 seconds a senior citizen is sent to the ER for a fall-related injury in the United States, according to a new infographic from BrightStar. This infographic presents the top five causes of falls with accompanying solutions and fall statistics.

Top 5 Causes of Falls

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Infographic: Obesity in America and Beyond

September 26th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

More than one billion people worldwide are overweight and 500 million are obese, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

The United States currently spends $147 billion annually on medical costs related to obesity, according to a new infographic from HealthcareColleges. This infographic explains the extent of global obesity, projects future obesity statistics, and identifies what might be done to improve the current state of affairs.

Obesity in America and Beyond

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