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Social Determinants of Health, Part 1: What they are and why they matter.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Apple has become one of the world’s most iconic brands because of its philosophy, captured brilliantly in their “Think different.” advertising campaign (see the image above). Today’s healthcare leaders are challenged and incentivized to also “think different” under value-based care. One area of thinking differently involves considering how the broader social determinants of health impact patients …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 1: What they are and why they matter.
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5 things healthcare leaders can learn from the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD A week ago today, the Chicago Blackhawks captured their 3rd Stanley Cup in six seasons. Their win kicked off a citywide celebration that still has Chicago buzzing with excitement. As an avid hockey fan myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about this incredible season—and specifically about the nature of the Blackhawks organization. I think this team …

Dr. Randall Williams, MD5 things healthcare leaders can learn from the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

When it comes to patient behavioral change, every day matters.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD You’ve heard the advice to “make every day matter”.  It turns out that when it comes to patient behavior change, this is more than just a motivational phrase—every day actually does matter. But why? I think it starts with this fundamental truth: everything worth improving and every goal worth achieving requires us to behave differently. …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDWhen it comes to patient behavioral change, every day matters.
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What Predictive Modeling Won’t Tell You

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Predictive modeling is a hot topic. It’s also a topic fraught with misunderstanding. Many ACOs (and other like-minded organizations) focus on it, making dangerous assumptions about how much they can depend on predictive analytics as they develop care coordination strategies. I’d like to help set the record straight on this complex issue so your leadership …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDWhat Predictive Modeling Won’t Tell You

How behavioral interventions reduce utilization and improve patient outcomes

by Sara Aldworth “Nothing is stronger than a habit.” – Ovid Here on the Pharos blog, we’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the need to reduce utilization in order to succeed with value-based care. From the PGP Demo results to CMS’ most recent report on the Pioneer ACOs, organizations that “win” financially (and clinically) show reductions in inpatient …

Sara AldworthHow behavioral interventions reduce utilization and improve patient outcomes

Why aren’t the Pioneer ACOs reducing readmissions?

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Last week, CMS reported the Pioneer ACO results for Performance Years One and Two. The impressive findings reinforced my belief that we need to continue on this path to value-based care. But something’s been bothering me. Hopefully, you noticed it and it’s bothering you too. Despite the fact that ACOs significantly improved the timeliness of …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDWhy aren’t the Pioneer ACOs reducing readmissions?
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CMS’ Year 1 and 2 results are in: did Pioneer ACOs take the arrows?

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD This week, CMS published their program analysis of the first two years of the Pioneer ACO model. They reported $385 Million in total savings across the 32 Pioneer ACOs over the two year period. Reading the results, an old saying popped into my mind: “Pioneers take the arrows, settlers take the land.” It got me …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDCMS’ Year 1 and 2 results are in: did Pioneer ACOs take the arrows?

How long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD When I speak to a group of clinicians, I am often asked how long patients should stay engaged within a structured program monitoring clinical status and self-care. Sometimes, the question is based on economic concerns (“We have a limited budget to engage and coordinate patient care.”) Increasingly though, I’ve noticed a shift in this question …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDHow long should patient engagement last? (Hint: it’s longer than you think.)

Patient engagement takes more than a portal.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey results are in and nearly three-quarters of the respondents indicated that patient engagement, satisfaction and quality of care would be THE business issues that would most impact their organization over the course of the next two years. 74% also indicated that IT was a critical tool needed to enable …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDPatient engagement takes more than a portal.

How to scale care coordination successfully.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD What does it take to scale successfully? It’s a question that businesses ask themselves all the time. In healthcare, answering the question has taken on additional urgency thanks to the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. And I’m willing to bet that scaling care coordination is one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle that …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDHow to scale care coordination successfully.