New and Continuing Healthcare Trends of 2018

As 2017 came to a close, several healthcare trends carried over into 2018. 2017 was a year of tremendous growth within the healthcare industry, but it proved we were only just beginning. Based on select surveys and my own observations, I have summarized the new and continuing healthcare trends we should expect to see through the remainder of 2018. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Artificial intelligence was a very hot topic in 2017, and we should expect to hear even more about it as machine learning continues to be explored. AI is an exceptionally broad topic, and many people are …

How Advisory Services Helps Value-Based Care Organizations Reach Their Goals

In this post, I will walk through what we as an Advisory Services team do to help each client reach their value-based care goals. Most health organizations do not have time to learn the ins and outs of population health initiatives on their own, let alone implement a strategic plan with the required moving parts to achieve physician buy-in and healthcare team alignment. Once coming on board with Lightbeam, we help clients develop a strategy based on their current contracts, capabilities, and data quality to produce tangible results. To ensure client success, we assign a dedicated advisor to each new …

Why Data Quality Makes or Breaks Population Health Efforts

When it comes to population health management, the purpose of data aggregation and normalization is to blend data from different sources together to create a universal destination that aids providers and medical groups in their clinical and financial decision-making. To get patient data represented properly, it’s crucial the data extraction process from source system to the data warehouse is as smooth and efficient as possible. However, when source systems lack data governance, there can be major roadblocks that hinder accurate analytics and factual reports. Complications arise with the following scenarios: Entering custom codes into data capture systems Customizing source systems …

Why ADT feeds matter and how providers can use them to deliver better care

Lightbeam’s population health management (PHM) platform includes HL7 ADT messages and feeds that transmit critical patient demographic information. The specific information helps providers stay on top of daily hospital utilizations and see which patients were admitted or discharged from a facility within 24 hours of an event. ADT Feeds Help Care Managers  Why is this information important? First, it enables providers to know who, out of their patient rosters, has been in hospital care over the past day, week, and even month to ensure that they receive the proper post-discharge care. By using these ADT feeds, care management teams can …

Advisory Services – Going Beyond Population Health Management Solutions

Physicians and healthcare teams entered their respective professions to practice medicine and provide care to those in need, not to be mired in administrative processes. We at Lightbeam Health Solutions understand those challenges and have designed a new Advisory Services team to help our clients better manage their patients by helping them easily identify where the greatest needs are and deploying the right solutions at the right time, helping them meet their current goals. Ultimately, this gives them the time to return to what they love to do – improving patient outcomes and providing the best care to increase the …

The Journey to Value-Based Care: No Longer in Death Valley, But Still Stuck in the Wilderness

Transitioning traditional healthcare to value-based care models hasn’t been easy. People are reluctant to embrace change, especially when it comes to something as important as caring for our patients’ health. Think of this value-based care transition like a cross-country journey from Los Angeles to New York City. It’s a long haul that begins with battling everyone else on clogged freeways to discover a clear path out of the congestion and on the road to our ultimate destination. Where are we now? Some may say we’re stuck in Death Valley…not even out of California, with many providers still struggling to comply …

Security Isn’t a Blanket, It’s a SOC

Healthcare providers – whether in-patient, ambulatory, or ACO – are increasingly adopting SaaS (software-as-a-service) models because it frees up capital, requires less up-front spending, and shifts routine “break-fix” work off their IT people and onto the software vendor. But SaaS isn’t the only acronym bounced around when vendors meet healthcare providers – HIPAA is sure to be at or near the top of the jargon list, typically linked to words like “compliant” or “certified.” The only problem is there’s no such thing as HIPAA-certified software – and being “compliant” doesn’t mean you’re “secure” any more than posting a no-soliciting sign …

End-to-End vs. Individual Solutions

I saw a movie last week in which two actors gazed in wonder at a large abstract painting until the main character deadpans, “I like incongruity.” Incongruity is great if you’re Jackson Pollock, but it’s the last thing any healthcare provider wants when it comes to the technology that helps them do their jobs. Clinicians need tools that adapt to and fit into their existing workflows without adding extra steps – no matter how great the promised upside. One Unified Platform From the very beginning, Lightbeam’s vision was to avoid incongruity at all cost. Our objective was to offer healthcare …

MACRA – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Earlier this year, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2016 Survey of US Physicians queried a subsample of 523 physicians (non-pediatric specialties) about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The initial findings presented some interesting surprises to various stakeholders across the entire healthcare industry. In a nutshell, MACRA is the new Medicare payment law driving the healthcare industry toward the path of value-based care and away from fee-for-service models. By aligning payment with quality and outcomes, MACRA offers financial incentives to healthcare providers who take part in risk-bearing, coordinated care models. The initial law was passed …