Progress and Barriers Bringing Palliative Care to Medicare Advantage Populations

Insights from the September 25th Medicare Advantage Learning Community As a nurse practitioner in palliative care, I am excited. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) both celebrate their 20-year anniversaries this year. Today, almost three quarters of U.S. hospitals with fifty or more beds report having a palliative care team. ELNEC has trained over 24,000 nurses in train-the-trainer courses. Integrated health

By |2019-11-01T18:00:55-05:00November 1st, 2019|Palliative Care, Value-Based Care|

The inconvenient truth about “The ‘inconvenient truth’​ about AI in healthcare”

Drs. Panch, Mattie, and Celi recently published an article in Nature’s Partner Journal, Digital Medicine titled, “The ‘Inconvenient Truth’ About AI in Healthcare.” It’s a thought-provoking piece and I recommend taking the time to read it. They identify a huge problem in healthcare. But as brilliant as the three authors are, and as much as I hate to disagree with

By |2019-09-25T13:39:08-05:00September 25th, 2019|Machine Learning, Value-Based Care|

Where Will AI Increase & Decrease Costs in Healthcare?

I asked LinkedIn friends to submit their questions related to AI in healthcare in preparation for an upcoming keynote at this year's HIMSS in Vegas. I promised to try to answer the questions they submitted. This one is courtesy of my friend, the great Aman Bhandari and it garnered the most "likes." Here's his question: "I have asked for this several times and haven't

7 Ways We’re Screwing Up AI in Healthcare

The healthcare AI space is frothy.  Billions in venture capital are flowing, nearly every writer on the healthcare beat has at least an article or two on the topic, and there isn’t a medical conference that doesn’t at least have a panel if not a dedicated day to discuss. The promise and potential is very real.And yet, we seem to

Hey Machine Learning…If That’s Even Your Real Name

Hey Machine Learning, I heard what Forbes said about your “setback” at MD Anderson. I also heard rumors going around HIMSS that maybe it’s “too soon” for you to be in healthcare. At first I thought, “serves you right.” There was so much hype that I could barely recognize you. Then I realized that, in a way, we’re all to

Medicaid State Funding: Thriving Under Value-Based Care in the Face of Upcoming Changes

By now it’s no secret that president-elect Donald Trump intends to vastly restructure our Medicaid Program, meaning that uncertainty is on the horizon for healthcare providers supplying care to over 80 million low-income Americans. Georgia Congressman Tom Price will lead the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Trump, with many estimating that Medicaid could soon change from

By |2017-02-08T16:41:27-05:00December 5th, 2016|Value-Based Care|

Dartmouth Researchers Detect Falls Without the Data Scientists

We learned that a team of health services researchers at Dartmouth College recently published a study in the Journal of Patient Safety using an early research version of Cyft to detect falls in inpatient notes.  No one on their research team is a data scientist and using a relatively small sample size they outperformed previous efforts at this task by