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Informatics Research Seminar: Health Informatics on the Front Lines: Optimizing Care Management Outcomes for NC Medicaid
April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Speaker: Annette DuBard, MD, MPH
Presented from UNC-CH)
Broadcast Link: SEMINAR
The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.
For Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in Community Care of North Carolina (CCNN), inpatient admissions and 30-day readmissions have fallen by 26% and 61% below expected, respectively, compared to 2012 NC Medicaid utilization rates on a risk-adjusted basis (amounting to 21,595 fewer hospital admissions in 2016). This is due, in part, to advances in real-time data exchange and refinement of care management targeting strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of statewide community-based care management for complex patients. Embracing the tenets of a statewide “Learning Health System,” with disciplined but pragmatic program evaluation strategies and commitment to quality improvement, CCNC’s innovations in distinguishing “highly impactable” from “high-cost/high-risk” have received national recognition and yielded important learnings for optimizing care management ROI.
Dr. DuBard has been a leader in population health management innovation through her work with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) since 2006, where she most recently served as Chief Health Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Population Health Analytics. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed her family medicine and preventive medicine residency training, with a master’s degree in health policy and administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her experience includes several years of full time clinical practice in the community health center setting. At CCNC, she led efforts to advance population health analytics and information systems used statewide to facilitate care coordination and quality improvement activities in practices and communities; to support targeted care management for patients with complex healthcare needs; and to optimize quality, utilization, and cost outcomes. She remains affiliated with UNC as a Fellow of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, with research interests in underserved populations, delivery system reform, quality improvement, and management of high risk patients.