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CMS to Make Medicare Advantage Data Available

Posted by Dave Sellers on May 9, 2018 8:49:45 AM

Stratasan’s Physician Patterns to Offer Expanded Physician Referral Insights

By Dave Sellers and Jason Haley

As you may have heard, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is making Medicare Advantage encounter data, which covers provider identifiers, diagnoses and date and type of service, available for the first time to researchers.

This new effort is part of the CMS and White House patient data collaboration, known as MyHealtheData. CMS also plans to encourage Medicare Advantage programs to use release platforms that meet the capabilities of CMS' Blue Button 2.0 feature, which allows patients to access their own claims data. A patient-centered system requires focus on "data, quality data, cost data, a patient's own data," Vema shared.

How does this update affect Stratasan customers, and particularly, those in Medicare-only states: Alabama, Arkansas, South Dakota, Idaho, and Hawaii?

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Tags: physician referral, data analysis, data analytics, healthcare data, medicare, healthcare market data, healthcare data analytics, physician patterns

True or False: Physician Referrals Are Affected by Distance

Posted by Dave Sellers on Apr 17, 2018 4:13:02 PM

A Surprising Trend in Patient Care Patterns

By Dave Sellers

We recently tested a theory as to whether or not distance to a physician referral affects how quickly a patient seeks care.* All other factors being equal, we hypothesized that patients would not act as quickly in scheduling a physician visit if that physician is far away. Conversely, if the doctor is close by, we assumed patients would be more likely to book their appointment sooner.

In a previous post, we discussed a similar idea. Are patients more likely to go to the hospital closest to them when in need of care? In that case, tif all other factors are equal, then the answer was yes. But rarely are all other factors equal. Factors such as a hospital's CMI, their community perception, and relative patient satisfaction rates all come into play and can often be more important than proximity.

With this new theory, we were still considering the role of distance, but this time, we wanted to know how it would affect a patient’s responsiveness when needing to schedule time with a referred physician. Our findings surprised us.

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Tags: physician referral, physician referral tool, physician relations, healthcare physician strategy, physician outreach strategy, physician retention, physician patterns

Spring Forward and Your Health Could Suffer [Infographic]

Posted by Dave Sellers on Mar 7, 2018 9:37:38 AM

Analysis on Daylight Savings Time and Heart Attacks

By Dave Sellers and Morgan Atkins

Our data research proves it: the number of heart attacks rises the Monday after daylight saving time. Our research uncovered an 80 percent jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after we “spring forward” for daylight saving time compared with other Mondays in March. That’s an increase worth taking seriously!

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