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    Using the longitudinal plan of care to drive better outcomes

    Posted by Nordic on Sep 13, 2017 8:03:09 AM

    Almost every healthcare organization struggles with achieving a 360-degree view of its patients’ healthcare experience.

    Even if you have a full grasp on how patients interact with your system, it’s harder to see the hundreds of other interactions that impact their health – from access to transportation to pharmacy visits to experiences with providers outside your system.  

    Enter the longitudinal plan of care, a shared care plan that aims to combine insights from all these interactions into a single, easy-to-view location. The longitudinal plan of care (LPOC) could drive immense improvements in holistic care, but most organizations haven’t fully committed to implementing and using it.

    In this podcast, Nordic’s Director of Optimization Solutions Rick Shepardson and Manager of Optimization Solutions Jake Aleckson discuss the benefits of a fully optimized LPOC and the path to better engagement from providers and patients. If you’d prefer to read rather than listen, the transcript is below.

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    Topics: improved outcomes, population health, lpoc

    5 areas to focus your 2017 MIPS strategy [1-min. video]

    Posted by Gigi Elizee, RN, MSN on Jun 2, 2017 9:59:16 AM

    If you're nervous about the first year of MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System), you're not alone. While most providers can get behind "quality over quantity," the continued move toward quality-based payments can be stressful, especially in the initial 2017 transition period. Luckily, we have your back: a one-minute video of expert guidance from Nordic Senior Consultant Gigi Elizee, on how to build a MIPS submission strategy for maximum Medicare reimbursement.

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    Topics: population health, MACRA, quality measures, MIPS, PQRS

    Piedmont success story: A framework for quick-win, value-based care initiatives [3-min. video]

    Posted by Nordic on May 15, 2017 10:53:16 AM

    While the state drink of Wisconsin is officially milk, many adults would argue that it's actually the brandy old fashioned (warning: slight rabbit hole with the history in that link). Now, if we offered you a nice Wisconsin brandy old fashioned (after 5 p.m., of course) and asked you to divide it back into the five ingredients that make the drink, you’d probably look at us like we were crazy. But that’s what meeting quality measures is like when all your information is stored in an unstructured blob.

    The challenge? You need discrete data. (Think ingredients.) The next challenge? Making it natural for providers to record that data within the context of their normal workflows (i.e., while they’re mixing the drink). Working with Piedmont Healthcare, Nordic proved how an agile approach to meeting two particular quality measures not only worked for their short-term physician quality reporting system (PQRS) and electronic clinical quality measures (eCGM) needs, but could also be applied to almost any quality measure they choose to tackle next.

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    Topics: population health, Epic optimization, EHR optimization, value-based care, quality measures

    Population Health: An old-school approach to handling requests of your IT team [podcast]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 7, 2017 9:24:34 AM

    Have you ever sat down with your grandparents, or other "more seasoned" folk, and talked about the the good old days? If so, chances are they've mentioned how everybody today is "in such a hurry." And it's true. We are in a hurry. We're resource challenged without enough time to achieve the results that our stakeholders desire - if not demand.

    As we all rush to figure out population health and value-based care, IT departments can easily get into the trap of just "working down the list of requests." At least we're getting things done, right? 

    But the question is, "Are we getting the right things done?"

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    Topics: Epic Consulting, population health, Advisory, Agile

    #HIMSS17 fun, takeaways, giving [recap]

    Posted by Nordic on Mar 3, 2017 3:28:01 PM

    The one thing that makes all the hassles of event travel, hotels, crowds, buses, and overpriced convention food worth it is this: relationships. Nothing beats getting face-to-face with the people with whom you partner, work, or serve. That's why events are important and why we strive to make the most of our time while we're all together in the same geography. HIMSS17 was another great chance to do that. And for that, we are, once again, grateful. Read, watch, and experience some of the fun, the takeaways, and the giving that we were lucky to be a part of this year at HIMSS17. 

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    Topics: CHIME, population health, Affiliate Solutions, YearUp, Feed America, HIStalkapalooza, Project Hope, HIMSS17

    New frontiers in population health from #HIMSS17

    Posted by Nordic on Feb 23, 2017 12:03:22 PM

    Recent studies suggest a patient's social and physical environments may have the greatest impact on their health outcomes and overall wellness. Equipped with this knowledge, vendors and providers are now challenged with how to gather data regarding these social determinants from patients and then figure out how to incorporate them into their population health programs.

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    Topics: population health, HIMSS17

    Population health: Nordic's role in meeting your evolving needs

    Posted by Nordic on Dec 28, 2016 10:34:40 AM

    Clearly the population health and value-based care space is evolving. As it evolves, you may be asking questions like these:

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    Topics: population health, Epic Healthy Planet, MACRA, HCC, RAF

    3 things you can do right now in Epic to kickstart your population health journey

    Posted by Rick Shepardson on Sep 8, 2016 1:39:47 PM

    It may seem overwhelming knowing where to start or what to do next within your population health programs. There are opportunities, often driven by the EHR, to take small steps toward building out a robust population health program. Successful programs can transform your clinical workflows and set up your organization for success in a value-based care world. In addition, these programs support your organization’s financial health.

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    Topics: patient engagement, population health, transition of care management, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, quality measures, clinical optimization

    Reflections on Northern California HIMSS' Patient Engagement Summit [3-min. read]

    Posted by Megan Rice on Jun 6, 2016 4:44:44 PM

    I recently had the privilege of attending the HIMSS Northern California Chapter fourth annual Patient Engagement Summit. Over the past few years, patients have become increasingly engaged in their medical treatment, which is driving our healthcare market to become more consumer-driven. This has resulted in the development of patient-centered software, more accurate patient-generated health data (PGHD), better relationships between patients and their providers, and improved patient health. One of the conference sessions walked through the journey of a patient, who with the help of her caregiver, took patient engagement to a whole new level.

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    Topics: HIMSS, patient engagement, population health, patient-centered solution, team-based care

    Value-based care: How'd we get here and how do we go forward? [white paper]

    Posted by Nordic on May 6, 2016 10:54:10 AM

    With population health, value-based care, pay-for-performance, and accountable care organizations (ACO), the industry is crowded with new care initiatives, largely generated by healthcare payment reform. Let’s talk about what's really happening, how we got here, and some of the key challenges. To start, let’s establish some operational definitions and understand the relationship between terms. The chart below should help to illustrate the relationship between these industry drivers.

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    Topics: population health, value-based care, accountable care organization, reimbursement, Advisory

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    Most of the time we're interviewing our Nordic consultants in one manner or another to gather tips and tricks that help you work better with Epic. Occasionally, we'll slip in a little fun to show you what it's like to partner with us. 

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