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Risk Scoring and the Luck of the Draw


Many recent healthcare initiatives, including the Accountable Care Organizations that are created under health reform, utilize risk adjusters to compensate for the differences in disease status of the members.  These risk adjusters are used to establish payment targets that compare costs incurred by patients in the organization to what the costs “should be” based on those patients’ diagnoses.  The accuracy of the risk adjusters, therefore, is critically important when significant amounts of money are involved.  A small percentage difference between the risk-

Why Analysts Can't ONLY use Excel 2010

In a previous posting, we extolled the virtues of Excel 2010 for healthcare data analysts.  Excel 2010 offers significant advantages over previous versions of Excel, as that article describes. 

Why Analysts Should Use Excel 2010

I can hear the cries now.  "But we just had to learn Excel 2007 a few years ago.  Why do we have to learn something new now?"  Because it's worth it, so simmer down and take a serious look.

How Will "Cloud" Databases Help Healthcare Providers?

Internet-based databases offer significant computing capabilities to organizations without creating the need for a complex data infrastructure.

MIT Sloan Management Review discusses "How the Analytics Gap Decides Who Wins"

It's not the data that's the problem.  It's the people.  So says a fascinating article in the winter 2011 issue of “MIT Sloan Management Review” (  This extensive article written by several IBM researchers explores how organizations are utilizing analytics to differentiate themselves from their competitors and to become top performers in their industries.  The article profiles results of a massive survey of more than 3000 business executives in mu

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