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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains provisions to improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system and test new ways to deliver and pay for healthcare services. As a result, the industry is experiencing fundamental transformation as it moves from a volume-based business to a value-based business. With increasing demands from consumers for enhanced healthcare quality and increased value, providers and payers are under pressure to deliver better outcomes. Analytics can provide the mechanism to sort through complex data and help healthcare organizations deliver on these demands. Continue reading for more news on healthcare analytics.
About 440,000 individuals have enrolled in Medicaid in 10 of the 25 states that are expanding their programs under the Affordable Care Act. But problems with the federal health insurance exchange website have prevented thousands of others from successfully signing up for Medicaid coverage. Visit this and this page for details.
New Hampshire’s switch to a managed care system for its Medicaid program won’t affect long-term care services for developmentally disabled recipients until next year. Under the new system, three private companies will manage benefits for the state. In the first year, the changes affect medical services like doctor’s visits and procedures, but next year the state plans to add the coordination of long-term care services such as housing supports and aides. Visit this page to find out why recipients and their advocates are worried about the coming changes.
Healthcare companies are on the verge of realizing significant gains from big data, but new tools and approaches are needed to get there. How can analytics help improve access and quality while driving down costs? A recent webcast hosted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions discussed:
- Tapping into the healthcare industry’s vast information reserves and translating meaningful insights.
- Infrastructure and reporting applications needed to effectively access and interpret high-value data.
- Industry examples of how analytics are helping reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.
Explore the potential of big data and analytics for transforming healthcare today and what they could promise for the future by visiting this page.