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Healthcare issues are complex. That is no secret. And there are a lot of perspectives shared by a lot of people. We wanted to create a space to talk about changes within healthcare and what it takes to create a healthcare system that works. If you have thoughts or comments on any of our posts that you would like to share, please e-mail us at contact@jvion.com. And be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

For Some Hospice Patients, A 911 Call Saves A Trip To The ER

FORT WORTH, Texas — Her mother's breathing had become labored in the wee hours of the night, during what would prove to be the Fort Worth woman's final days living with lung cancer. Distraught, the daughter called 911. […]

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Posted by Jvion on March 06, 2017

Why Cognitive Can be Predictive, but Predictive Can't be Cognitive

Predictive analytics as a solution category has become so empty that it does little to help providers understand or estimate the value of a predictive analytic tool. There are two broad trends that have led […]

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Posted by Jvion on February 09, 2017

Tackling Patients' Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs

HOUSTON - Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she's heading into surgery. But Gurley is a […]

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Posted by Jvion on January 25, 2017

What Does It Mean to Be Ultra-Definition?

The era of cognitive science is bringing with it new ways of how we sense and interpret the world. This extension of our natural capability is giving way to more than just a glimpse into the […]

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Posted by Jvion on January 24, 2017

Bundled Payments Work, Study Finds, But HHS Nominee No Fan

A recent change in the way Medicare pays for joint replacements is saving millions of dollars annually - and could save billions - without impacting patient care, a new study has found. But the […]

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Posted by Jvion on January 17, 2017

So yeah, numbers can lie… or at least hide the truth

Predicting illness before it occurs is a very challenging endeavor, and many of may think that "accuracy" is the best way to prove the effectiveness of a predictive tool in healthcare. To assert supposed predictive value, vendors will often quote accuracy statistics, such as […]

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Posted by Jvion on January 11, 2017

The Cardiac Bundle Doesn't Have to Give You a Heart Attack

This July 1, 2017, 1127 hospitals will be included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS's) Cardiac Bundle. Of those, 475 will also participate in […]

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Posted by Jvion on January 05, 2017

Lessons from The Field: Applied Predictions to Manage the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Bundle

Baptist Health in Montgomery Alabama is one of 790 hospitals selected to participate in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. This model-one of […]

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Posted by Jvion on October 06, 2016

Gaps In Care Persist During Transition From Hospital To Home

SAN DIEGO - Alton Rodgers had just come in from gardening when he suddenly blacked out and collapsed on the floor. The 89-year-old Kentucky native spent about 10 days at Palomar Hospital, where […]

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Posted by Jvion on September 08, 2016

Elderly Patients In The Hospital Need To Keep Moving

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active […]

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Posted by Jvion on August 22, 2016

Study: 30 Percent Of Children’s Readmissions To Hospitals May Be Preventable

One of the key indicators of the quality of a hospital's care is how frequently its patients are readmitted within a month after being discharged. A study this month examined readmission rates for pediatric patients and […]

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Posted by Jvion on August 19, 2016

Michelle Woodley and Dr. Michael Marino - Interview

Intrepid Healthcare’s exclusive coverage at HIMSS16 sponsored by Jvion. You can access the interview here.

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Posted by Jvion on August 10, 2016

Medicare's Readmission Penalties Hit New High

The federal government's readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year, records released […]

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Posted by Jvion on August 10, 2016

Episode Payment Models – 10 Things You Should Know

In the latest move to shift Medicare reimbursements to at-risk, quality-focused payment models, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed new episode-based bundles […]

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Posted by Jvion on August 04, 2016

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare's New Ratings

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded […]

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Posted by Jvion on August 02, 2016

Medicare Prepares To Go Forward With New Hospital Quality Ratings

Despite objections from Congress and the hospital industry, the Obama administration said it will soon publish star ratings summing up the quality of 3,662 hospitals. Nearly half will be rated as average, and hospitals that serve the poor will not score as well overall […]

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Posted by Jvion on July 22, 2016

Patients Sometimes Take Antibiotics Without Consulting A Doctor, Study Finds

Suffering from a sore throat or runny nose? For some people, that many mean opting to use antibiotics without seeing a doctor, a practice that health experts say may not help cure the disease and could help […]

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Posted by Jvion on July 12, 2016

Top 10 Things to Know about The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Program

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program is an outcomes-based payment model that holds participating hospitals accountable for hip or knee replacement surgery (MS-DRG 469/470) patients […]

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Posted by Jvion on July 08, 2016

As Childhood Diabetes Rates Rise, So Do Costs - And Families Feel The Pinch: Study

Childhood diabetes rates are on the rise, and a report released Monday pointed to the impact that the cost of their care could have on families - even those who have employer-sponsored […]

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Posted by Jvion on June 24, 2016

We are Standing with Orlando

We took the past few days here at Jvion to reflect on the Orlando shootings. As a diverse company that respects the effect that this event has had on our LGBTQ employees, we wanted to take the time to get past our initial shock to […]

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Posted by Jvion on June 15, 2016

The Acute and Post-acute Worlds are Converging: What Does This Mean for Healthcare?

Post-acute providers - which include Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health, Assisted Living and Long Term Care organizations - are under increasing pressure to improve quality outcomes for their patients and communities […]

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Posted by Jvion on June 13, 2016

Dr. John Showalter and Leigh Williams - Interview

Intrepid Healthcare’s exclusive coverage at HIMSS16 sponsored by Jvion. You can access the interview here.

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Posted by Jvion on June 10, 2016

Addressing the "Prevention Gap" within Healthcare

Healthcare as an industry is changing how we think of and how we measure "value." The government is leading this shift through alternative payment models that incentivize based on quality over fee-for-service. The idea is to drive better care for individuals and populations […]

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Posted by Jvion on June 03, 2016

At Teaching Hospitals, Aggressive Screening May Lead To Medicare Penalties

CHICAGO — The puffiness along Carol Ascher's left leg seemed like normal swelling, probably from the high dose of chemotherapy Dr. Karl Bilimoria had injected the previous day. But it could have been a blood clot. He quickly ordered an ultrasound […]

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Posted by Jvion on June 03, 2016

What Providers Need to Know about Clinical Patient Pod Technologies

Technology fads come and go, but there are a few truths when it comes to healthcare IT:

  • Healthcare is skeptical of new technologies—as an industry, new doesn’t always mean better. Solutions have to demonstrate value and accuracy from the start […]
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Posted by Jvion on May 25, 2016

Critics Of Medicare's Overall Hospital Star Rating Push For Changes

Over the past decade, the federal government has publicized 115 different ways to measure medical quality in hospitals, from assessing wait times in emergency rooms and noise levels outside hospital rooms to tracking blood clots in surgical patients. But the latest effort, to […]

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Posted by Jvion on May 20, 2016

Redefining Value in Healthcare: Expectations and Implications

The concept of "value" in healthcare is shifting. As noted in the recent Hospital & Health Networks article "What 'Value' in Health Care Really Means" the term […]

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Posted by Jvion on May 16, 2016

The Rise of Medical Errors – How Cognitive Computing Can Stop the #3 Killer in the US

According to the recently released NPR article, medical errors are the number three cause of death in the U.S. Medical errors kill more than 250,000 Americans each year just behind heart disease and cancer. The problem is that many of […]

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Posted by Jvion on May 04, 2016

The Art of Population Health: A Focus on Community

Population health is a confusing term. Depending on who you talk with, it could mean anything from broad-based education programs to individual-level interventions. With such a general and unstructured definition, it is hard for providers to […]

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Posted by Jvion on May 03, 2016

Dee Cantrell, CIO - Emory Healthcare - Interview

Intrepid Healthcare’s exclusive coverage at HIMSS16 sponsored by Jvion. You can access the interview here.

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Posted by Jvion on May 03, 2016

Healthcare Is Demanding Clinical Predictive Analytics (and here are the things you should know)

Gartner* recently identified the biggest healthcare trends impacting or requiring new analytic capabilities. They broke each trend into six areas across care demands, new financial models, the changing role of the patient […]

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Posted by Jvion on April 25, 2016

Arthur W. Harvey III, MS, CPHIMS - Boston Medical Center Interview

Intrepid Healthcare’s exclusive coverage at HIMSS16 sponsored by Jvion. You can access the interview here.

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Posted by Jvion on April 13, 2016

Looking Beyond the 6 Strategies for Population Health Success

In a recent H&HN article, Janice Powers outlines the "6 Strategies to Get the Most out of Investing in Population Health." You can access the original here […]

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Posted by Jvion on April 04, 2016

Reducing Hospital Readmissions with Predictive Analytics

Financial penalties and the accelerated move toward value-based models of care and reimbursement have further incentivized providers to lower readmission rates. But all too often when a hospital sets out to reduce the readmission rate within their […]

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Posted by Jvion on March 30, 2016

Clinical Predictive Analytics Help Target and Stop Sepsis

Sepsis has one of the highest mortality rates and is one of the most costly illnesses in terms of dollars and lives. With new quality reporting measures for severe sepsis and septic shock management, and a rise in sepsis occurrences, hospitals are […]

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Posted by Jvion on March 30, 2016

Managing Depression A Challenge In Primary Care Settings, Study Finds

Often referred to as the "common cold of mental health," depression causes about 8 million doctors' appointments a year. More than half are with primary care physicians. A new study suggests those doctors may not be the best to treat the condition due to […]

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Posted by Jvion on March 10, 2016

For Hospitals, Treating Violence Beyond The ER Is Good Medicine And Good Business

BALTIMORE — Ask David Ross to describe an average day on the job. He says it doesn’t exist. Ross is a violence intervention specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Though he isn’t a doctor, he’s been working at the hospital as part of […]

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Posted by Jvion on March 02, 2016