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Healthcare Innovation| December 28, 2022
In the world of value-based care and alternative payment models, 2022 has seen a heightened focus on health equity. In March, Dora Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer at the CMS Innovation Center, said the Innovation Center’s 10-year anniversary was a good time to look both back and forward at how its models impact health equity and how the organization can do a better job of measuring the models’ impact. Speaking on a March 23 panel at the University of Michigan’s Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, Hughes said that at the 10-year anniversary of the CMS Innovation Center, it made sense to take a step back and think about what it has accomplished and what they had learned from the past 10 years, and where it wants to go to achieve a health system with equitable outcomes.
Consumerism, autonomous operations, interoperability, healthcare access, health equity – these are some of the top issues facing healthcare CIOs and other health IT leaders in 2023, according to Pega Vice President of Healthcare Life Sciences Susan Taylor. We spoke with the health IT vendor executive to get her expert views and 2023 predictions on these issues as well as other topics such as social determinants of health and EHR optimization. Her informed takes on these important subjects can help guide leaders through the year to come.
While the quality of U.S. healthcare and patient outcomes has generally increased over time, access to care — and thus to positive patient outcomes — is not equitable to all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans don’t have health insurance, which is fallout of a system breaking under the weight of high costs and deepening complexity. Diabetes rates are more than 30% higher among Native Americans and Latinos than among Whites. Rates of death attributable to heart disease, stroke, and prostate and breast cancers remain much higher in black populations. If you live in a rural area and have a chronic disease (or multiple diseases) provider options are more limited than in densely populated areas. That means availability of a specialist or even the ability to get an appointment can be a challenge.
All stakeholders in the healthcare industry have gotten better at patient engagement in the past few years, as value-based care models have made it imperative that patients are involved in their own care management. But as more voices enter the conversation, it’s critical that there’s some coordination between both the payer and the provider, according to Rick Foerster, the senior vice president of Value-Based Operations at the Virginia-based accountable care organization (ACO) and physician enablement company, Privia Health.
Sponsored Webinars

Closing the Gaps: The REACH Model, Population Health, and the Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Topic: How point-of-care testing for the diabetic eye exam impacts health equity, quality of care, and SDOH
Sponsored by: Topcon Healthcare
January 31, 2023 | 1 PM EST


Digesting the Alphabet Soup of Medicare’s Final Rule for 2023: APP, MIPS, MVPs, and more!
  • Topic: Learning and understanding key changes for 2023, and receiving insight and guidance on how to adjust and succeed
Sponsored by: Salient Healthcare
December 13, 2022 | 1 PM EST

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The Diabetes Eye Exam quality measure is commonly referred to as one of the most difficult care gaps to close. Since up to 50% of diabetic patients lack documentation of a retinal eye exam, ACOs and practices spend a significant amount of administrative time each year chasing charts to close this measure. Topcon Healthcare supports practices to close this care gap at point of care with Topcon Screen to improve care coordination and risk adjustment within the diabetes population. This service takes less than 2 minutes per patient, is reimbursed by most insurance companies and meets the HEDIS specification for the Diabetes Eye Exam.
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