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What We’re Reading | Week of 2.13.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

Interesting clip: “Significant federal investment is now being directed toward lessening the burden of clinical quality measurement; at the same time, there is growing recognition that current measures are inadequate to capture the domains of primary care that result in improved person and population health at sustainable cost. Our study reveals a significant gap between the universe of what is measured and those elements most critical to good quality primary care, indicating that the important efforts to reduce measurement burden must be accompanied by efforts to increase the relevance of measures to domains of care that affect patient-centered and community health outcomes.”

Interesting clip: For Smith, it’s patient portals that have shown the best benefit for consumers since their bill and clinical information is available anytime patients want.

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Interesting clip: “We are at a crossroads where an organization’s success will depend on its ability to leverage tech-enabled services to better care for the overall health of the population.”

Interesting clip: “Another key economic implication of an aging population is the increase in health care costs.  As the population ages, health generally declines with more medical attention required such as doctor visits, surgery, physical therapy, hospital stays, and prescription medicine.”

Interesting clip: “The State of Population Health survey, published by Numerof and Associates, a healthcare research and consulting firm, relied on responses from 537 executives at healthcare systems, hospitals, academic medical centers and physician groups. Participants assessed their progress and the challenges they face as they implement population health initiatives.”

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