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Welcome to Intelligent Healthcare Insights

Treo Solutions’ Intelligent Healthcare Insights Blog provides the latest information on healthcare policy, administration, analytics and research to provide you with insight and information on the changes, challenges and opportunities presented by healthcare transformation.

Our authors provide perspective for providers, payers, intermediaries and patients on topics that include Total cost of care, population health management, meaningful use, predictive modeling, accountable care, ACOs and Medicaid and Medicare.

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December 16, 2014

Palliative care: Payers and providers collaborate to improve quality of life, care and experience

A study published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) this fall, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, concluded that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system. Among the calls to action from the IOM committee are strengthening palliative care and the reorientation of policies and payment systems to support high-quality, end-of-life care. 

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December 1, 2014

Why I sold my company

3M's acquisition of Treo Solutions enables payers and providers to achieve value-based care

In 2002, I started my company, Treo Solutions, and as of April 2014 I sold it to 3M, so I now work for 3M in their Health Information Systems division. I sold Treo Solutions for one reason: the hill between where we were and where we knew the market needed to be was too great for our own resources.

Treo had been able to use claims data based on 45 million covered lives to provide a complete picture of all services a person received, which gave great insight into total cost of care, utilization, and access for a whole population across the entire care continuum.

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November 11, 2014

Is it still the prices, stupid?

If we can’t reduce price, then the US must focus on strategies to reduce payment variation and achieve value

In 2003, health policy experts Gerard Anderson and Uwe Reinhardt, along with two Johns Hopkins doctoral candidates, published an article in Health Affairs provocatively titled It’s The Prices, Stupid: Why The United States Is So Different From Other Countries. The article reports data from 2000 published by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that showed U.S.

October 30, 2014

APCDs and More: 8 Key Takeaways from the NAHDO Annual Conference

Health data organizations reveal the opportunities, changes and challenges brought on by the surge of healthcare data

The 2014 National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) 29th Annual Conference and APCD Workshop was recently held in downtown San Diego. With over 200 attendees and speakers from government, research and healthcare institutions, the event explored the current challenges and discoveries related to healthcare data and reform. Here are some key takeaways from the three-day event:

1. APCDs are not going away.

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September 29, 2014
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September 29, 2014

Solving the Urban Conundrum: Four Accountable Care Models for Smaller Markets

A new Treo report explores how smaller markets can curb outmigration to urban communities

Today, there are hundreds of ACOs and PCMHs across the country and they are mostly located in more urban, densely populated areas for a whole host of reasons, ranging from having the critical mass of patients to having the organizational capacity to begin accepting risk, including the data infrastructure to inform population health management.

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December 13, 2013

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