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November 2017, Vol. 5, No. 6

How a healthcare data scientist can aid in value-based care

In 2015, Congress made a big change in the way healthcare providers are reimbursed. Instead of the previous fee-for-service model that paid providers for each service performed, reimbursement would now be provided based on the quality of care provided -- a concept known as value-based care. But the transition has been slow, and providers who want to achieve value-based care may not always know where to start. That's where a healthcare data scientist can help. A data scientist analyzes and interprets large amounts of data so that providers can identify trends and potentially improve patient outcomes. Not surprisingly, the healthcare industry adds an interesting twist to this traditional analytics role. One of the main capabilities a data scientist should have is an understanding of the problem that needs solving, said Jordan Mauer, executive vice president of marketing and membership engagement at NovuHealth, a consumer engagement company based in Minneapolis that uses performance analytics and behavior science to create rewards ...

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