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…

EagleDream Health Sponsors MHQP’s 21st Anniversary Celebration

Barbra Rabson, President and CEO of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) addresses attendees of the MHQP 21st Anniversary Celebration. Cambridge, MA, November 2, - EagleDream Health was pleased to be a Collaborator Sponsor of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners’ (MHQP) 21st Anniversary Celebration. Located in Watertown, MA, MHQP is a nationally recognized, non-profit coalition of physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, patient and public representatives, academics, and government agencies. EagleDream Health (and…

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – NRHI SAN Reducing Unnecessary Utilization Series Learning Module

EagleDream Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Howard Beckman will join Jan Singer, Vice President of Programs at Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) in presenting a learning module titled, "Empowering Clinicians to Reduce Unnecessary Care: Understanding Practice Pattern Variation".  The learning module is hosted by NRHI as part of the Reducing Unnecessary Utilization Series. The module will focus on the following, as describe on the NRHI website: Tactics for engaging clinicians…

Not Your Predictable Economic Model

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – Recently, Michael Rawlins, MD, from the London School of Social Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, published a paper in JAMA that discussed the complexity of determining effectiveness and value1. In that paper, he proposed that “Interventions that are more effective but less expensive should be readily adopted but are relatively uncommon”. At the same time, he believes that “interventions that are…

EHR Integration Services and EagleDream Health Announce Webinar Showcasing New Integrated Population Health and Point of Care Solution

Skaneateles, NY, October 20, 2016 — EHR Integration Services (EHRis), a leading healthcare data management service company will be hosting a Webinar on QIS Inform for Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR, on Tuesday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature Betty Rabinowitz, M.D., FACP, President and CEO of EagleDream Health and an internist and the former Medical Director of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Primary Care,…

EHR Integration Services and EagleDream Health Launch Integrated Population Health and Point of Care Solution

Skaneateles, NY, October 19, 2016 — EHR Integration Services (EHRis), a leading healthcare data management service company, and EagleDream Health, a Rochester, New York-based healthcare analytics and population health management software company, have teamed up to offer QIS Inform, a healthcare analytics solution designed to integrate population health and point of care patient data directly into an Electronic Health Record (EHR). QIS Inform leverages the data from EHRis’ proven point-of-care…

Improving ACO Efficiency and Effectiveness: Getting the Data you Want and Need

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Recently, Song and Fisher published a Viewpoint in JAMA1 entitled, “The ACO experiment in infancy – Looking Back and Looking Forward”.  In the piece, they note three data related capabilities ACOs need to succeed; each of which EagleDream Health provides to its customers. First, the authors state, “If internal incentives or transparency in performance among physicians help motivate…

Medicine: The Evolving Team Sport

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Kocher and Chigurupati, in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece entitled “The coming battle over shared savings – Primary care physicians versus specialists1, describe the likely scenarios for specialists in the new world of value based payment systems. As contracts are signed that cover the care of a population over time, hospitals and specialists become cost…

Changing Physician Behavior Takes More Than Money

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In a recent JAMA Forum published in JAMA July 5, 2016, Gail Wilensky, PhD, a leading health economist, Senior Fellow at Project Hope and a former senior health advisor to President George H.W. Bush, bemoaned the failure of financial incentives to change physician behavior1. Using the results of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (http://bit.ly/1XUE3kx), the Medicare Group Practice…