Helping First

Helping First: As we work with groups across the country to deploy non-clinical programs to health plans, health systems, and community benefit organizations – there is one common theme that has emerged as the key factor between the status quo and greater-than-expected patient and member engagement. That common theme is, quite simply, an offer to help first. The dominant strategy in social needs deployment today starts with assessing patients or members using a standardized screening tool.
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What Supplements Health? Buried in a recent CMS announcement was a seemingly small policy change related to helping Medicare members with their social determinants of health. Medicare, the insurance program for the elderly and disabled in the United States, is really two independent programs. In one, the beneficiary medical costs are covered directly by the federal government. This is often referred to as Original Medicare or Medicare Fee-For-Service. The second option is for individuals to obtain Medicare insurance through private insurance companies.
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CMS Assignment & Care Pathways We were fortunate enough to have this poster selected for presentation at the MIT Sloan Health and Bio-Innovations Conference. A portion of this analysis also appeared in the Arcadia Data Gallery Creating the research poster allowed us to test Algorex Health’s underlying mission, how does advanced analytics actual get done in healthcare. So we created a research question and tried to solve it. Along the way, we documented how we solved the analytical challenges we faced and plan to structure or libraries and APIs to accelerate the next analyst faced with an assignment question.
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Sloan Health & Bio-Innovations Conference We were lucky to have a poster selected for the MIT Sloan Health & Bio-Innovations Conference held this Friday (Feb 24, 2017). There is detail about our poster in a future post but I thought I would share some thoughts about the conference as a whole. The MIT conference had two keynote speakers and three panel discussions. I find these formats difficult because there is very little opportunity for the challenge some biases or false information.
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