Healthcare Strategic Growth Blog

Solving for Referral Leakage and Outmigration

Posted by Michael Shipley on Mar 7, 2022 2:56:17 PM

How Stratasan’s ZIP5 Patient Origin Modeling Can Help You Identify Trends and Opportunities

By Michael Shipley, Morgan Atkins

Stratasan recently began offering a new capability: ZIP5 analysis of our All-Payer Claims Database. This capability helps health systems and hospitals better assess critical business performance in areas such as patient outmigration and physician referral tracking.

Stratasan assigns a ZIP5 to patient IDs in order to provide an enhanced level of granularity. The ZIP5 assignment is for All-Payer Claims 837 submit data since that is the data being rolled up to the ZIP. This modeling is based on the patient’s observed healthcare utilization from All-Payer Claims Data (APCD). In this blog, we’ll explore our methodology for ZIP5 modeling, but first, let’s explain why this level of insight is useful.

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Tags: data analytics, apcd, zip5

Healthcare Data Aggregation and Analytics: Insights from the Experts

Posted by Megan Reeves on Apr 20, 2021 1:34:36 PM

Key Learnings from our Conversations with Hospital Associations

By Megan Reeves 

Given our history serving the nation's top healthcare organizations, assisting them in processing data and using it to make growth decisions, we have unparalleled insight into the data needs of hospitals of all shapes and sizes. We know what matters to end-users of the data collection process and we’re able to apply our knowledge to the process as a whole to make it easier, more efficient, and with an output that is better for strategic decision making.  

In an effort to sharpen our understanding of state association needs and the state data aggregation process, we spent time connecting with associations across the nation. We wanted to learn more about the challenges they’re facing, and how we can better support their work. 

What we heard in these conversations reinforced our long-standing understanding that state data is complex, and aggregation is challenging, with requirements differing by state. 

The following are learnings we gleaned from these discussions, which covered a multitude of topics including partnerships, data types, release schedules, challenges facing members, and hopes for the future of hospital associations. We hope the insights gathered here highlight the hard work already being done, and some key opportunities for optimizing data in ways that would benefit both associations and their members.

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Tags: data analytics, healthcare data analytics, hospital associations, data aggregation

[Part 1] Looking Ahead: Successful Strategic Planning After COVID-19

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Mar 9, 2021 12:39:50 PM

Evaluating 2020 Data—Is it Useful or Not?

By Lee Ann Lambdin 

When 2020 budgets and strategic plans were set in the fall of 2019, no one could have imagined that by the following March, they’d be useless. Plans created for 2021 may be no better off, as they were established in the midst of a pandemic. How can strategic planners start again? What data and analytics should be used when 2020 trending is out of the question?

This is the first post of a series where we’ll discuss how strategic planners can regain focus, make sense of the data collected during COVID-19, and approach planning for the future. In this post, we’ll discuss how to approach 2020 data differently. In the next two posts, we’ll offer some actionable advice. 

Let’s dive in and talk about how to reconcile 2020 data and use it effectively in strategic planning.

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Tags: data analytics, data strategy, healthcare data analytics, COVID-19, 2020

[Infographic] The Health of America

Posted by Gavin Chance on Dec 28, 2020 7:00:00 AM

A Look At the Healthiest and Unhealthiest ZIPs in the US

By Gavin Chance 

Even more so than in the past, health and wellness are top of mind as we begin a new year. Americans everywhere are setting New Year’s resolutions and hoping for a healthier, happier 2021.

It can be beneficial to understand the past state of our health as we collectively look to the future and make plans for improvement. This infographic shares statistics and trends about our health as a country, focusing on the following information from 2018:

  • The average amount spent on health

  • The average number of visits to the doctor

  • The number of cigarettes smoked

  • The average amount spent on prescription drugs

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, healthcare demographics, infographic

3 Essential Questions to Ask of Your APCD Provider

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Nov 3, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Uncover the Fundamental Truths Your All-Payer Claims Data Should Deliver

By Morgan Atkins and Daniel Dreaden

Not all all-payer claims data (APCD) is created equally. Depending on the data aggregator and clearinghouse(s) used, the APCD offered by any given analytics company can vary significantly.

When choosing a partner to provide your APCD, it can be difficult to discern what’s most important. Many incentives offered may sound nice to have, but could also be distractions to keep you from noticing more critical features that are lacking. As you consider your options, keep these three questions in mind:

  • Does this APCD provide patient cohort tracking?
  • Will you be able to access submit and remit data?
  • Is there transparency into what is being modeled and how?

Let's discuss in more detail each of these questions and why it’s critical to have these clearly answered before signing on with an APCD provider.

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Tags: data analytics, healthcare data, healthcare analytics partner, healthcare data analytics, all-payer claims data, apcd

Oncology Transition Study

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Sep 30, 2020 4:39:11 PM

Tracking Care Patterns by Cancer Site

By Morgan Atkins and April Adams

Earlier this year, members of the Stratasan team conducted a study to determine if treatment care patterns differ for oncology patients by cancer site. The hypothesis was that the most common treatment path for cancer patients is to first seek surgical treatment, then medical, then radiological. Patients were grouped by their order of transition from surgical, medical, and radiological procedures. 

Below you will find the results of this study.

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Tags: data analytics, all-payer claims data, apcd, oncology

[Download] 6 Ways to Tell a Better Story with Your Data

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Aug 12, 2020 7:26:31 AM

How to Be More Insightful and Strategic with Data-Based Findings

By Lee Ann Lambdin and Forrest Rich

At the close of each quarter, strategic planners in the healthcare industry have the opportunity to present quarterly findings and progress updates to executive teams and upper-level management. These quarterly meetings often provide critical insight necessary for continued advancement in planned growth-related projects. They could also be the ideal time to present new ideas.

These meetings present an opportunity to share key findings to leadership that can change the course of how a hospital’s planning, marketing, and business development departments will function in the weeks and months to come. Therefore, it is critical that you're prepared to tell the most compelling story possible with the data you have on-hand.

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, data-driven decisions, infographic

[Infographic] The Crazy Statistics of Fireworks and the 4th of July

Posted by Gavin Chance on Jun 30, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Stay Safe this July 4th by Avoiding these Injury Trends

By Gavin Chance

Don’t become a statisticstay safe this July 4th! In an effort to help you prepare for this holiday and avoid the most common accidents, we’re sharing our research covering five years of fireworks injury data. Here's what we found:

  • 72% of fireworks accidents occur at home
  • Men are twice as likely to become injured as women
  • 27.9% of injuries happen to children, ages 0-10 years old

Click-to-Tweet: Did you know? 72% of fireworks accidents occur at home, 11.75% occur in public, and 11% at sporting events.

Interested in learning more, such as the most common diagnoses and where most injuries occur? Check out our infographic, below.

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, data-driven decisions, infographic

[Infographic] Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by Daniel Dreaden on Oct 9, 2019 12:37:45 PM

Facts and Trends You Need to Know

By Daniel Dreaden

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, providing an opportunity for everyone to become familiar with the facts and prevention methods associated with this disease. Consider this: more than 3.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with breast cancer and it kills more than 42,000 people each year. How can we all work together to reduce the incidents of this disease in the years to come? 

Extensive research has been done to determine the actual factors that increase risk. (For more information on that research, see Factors That Affect Breast Cancer Risk at Susan G. Komen®.) Some of the risk factors that have been studied include: weight gain, race and ethnicity, inherited gene mutations, menopausal hormone therapy, and exercise.

Take some time this month to learn more, including reviewing and sharing our infographic below. Then consider donating to research efforts aimed at reducing the incidents of this disease.

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, healthcare data, infographic

[Infographic] The Impact of FSERs on Traditional Hospital ERs

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Aug 27, 2019 1:35:38 PM

Utilization and Value in the Wake of an FSER Boom

By Morgan Atkins

Over the last several years, freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) have seen a boom in popularity. FSERs provide 24/7 emergency care and are physically separate from a hospital campus. The allure of these offsite emergency departments stems from their potential to increase access to healthcare resources. However, FSERs are falling under scrutiny for the lack of price transparency and their tendency to operate in more affluent, populated areas.

Florida's state health regulatory entity, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), provides publicly available data on emergency room visits for the state of Florida. The AHCA data provides a field to differentiate which emergency visits occurred at a hospital-based ER and those at a FSER. Stratasan has analyzed the impact and utilization of FSERs to determine if they are providing a benefit to the communities they serve. Check out our infographic to find out what we learned.

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, healthcare data, infographic, fser, fser data

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