The Essentials of Population Health: Ten Things You Need to Know – #3

Doesn’t my EHR provide this sort of information? Why do I need another system? While an essential tool in helping practices manage the daily process of seeing patients and documenting visits, EHR systems were designed to support the care of individual patients rather than populations of patients who share common denominators. Additionally, EHRs have not evolved the necessary capabilities to integrate disparate sources of information such as adjudicated payer claims,…

The Essentials of Population Health: Ten Things You Need to Know – #2

What exactly does a PHM platform do? Employing descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, population health management platforms are able to identify high-risk patients who require care management interventions in order to improve outcomes at reduced costs. Advanced systems further identify specific risk characteristics, which helps practices assign specific interventions to mitigate these risks. PHM platforms support measurement of quality against national standard metrics, identifying gaps in care for evidence-based preventive…

The Essentials of Population Health: Ten Things You Need to Know – #1

Population health seems complex and difficult. Why implement a PHM platform now? The current urgency for population health systems is due primarily to the transition from fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement. Although there are various iterations of value-based programs, virtually all of them impose a new level of accountability that goes far beyond the expectations of the traditional fee-for-service programs. Providers are being asked to offer better care while reducing…

EagleDream Health Exhibiting/Presenting at Population Health Colloquium

EagleDream Health will be exhibiting at the Population Health Colloquium at the Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia, PA March 27 – March 29. On Tuesday, March 28 at 4:30pm, EagleDream Health CEO Betty Rabinowitz MD will offer a presentation titled Technology Driving Contemporary Care Management. Dr. Rabinowitz will be joined by Dr. Jerome Finkel, President and CEO of Alliance Health.

Evidence: The Foundation of Payment Reform

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer –  In the February 28, 2017 issue of JAMA, Shrank, Saunders and McClellan confront the notion that insurance decisions about reforming the payment system require evidence from randomized controlled trials to be scaled by payers1.  To focus the discussion, they choose to direct discussion to reducing co-pays for high value care. As an example of data being available, they cite a study…

Dr. Beckman Elected to National Academies of Practice

EagleDream Health Chief Medical Officer Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH had been elected a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (NAP).   NAP is a group of distinguished professionals advancing inter-professional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities. Dr. Beckman will be inducted at the NAP National Meeting on March 17-18, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

EagleDream Health Employees win Prestigious Art Awards

Rochester, NY, December 21 – Two employees of EagleDream Health were recognized for artistic excellence during the EagleDream Health holiday party.  The award winners were: Artist: Galina Tolmacheva Award: “The Next Picasso Award” Title: Eagle Soaring over House and Snowman Medium: Bic pen on paper plate (on top of head)   Artist: Dany Dominguez Award: “There’s Always Next Year Award” Title: Snowman?  Near a House Maybe? Medium: Bic pen on…

Benefit Design that Makes Sense

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – Chernew and Fredrick1 in a viewpoint piece in the Oct. 25, 2016 JAMA, entitled Improving Benefit Design to Promote Effective, Efficient and Affordable Care, make some valuable points at a time when thoughtful redesign is sorely needed. The authors describe High Deductible plans as blunt instruments because their first dollar costs, even tied to a health savings account, discourage BOTH…

Finally, Value Based Insurance Design Enters the Realm of Possibility

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – As the analytic team at EagleDream Health evaluates medical expenditures, it becomes very clear that money is often spent on low value services at the expense of high value services. The patient/consumer/customer is asked to employ “Shared Decision-Making”, using inadequate data, to determine when to have services performed while holding off on others. Insurers still offer too little assistance to…