An effective care management program is important for more than improving member health—it is also a strategic capability as health plans look for ways to contain costs and differentiate their offerings to attract and retain employer groups in today’s competitive environment.
Effectively managing chronic conditions by proactively identifying and engaging at-risk patients can result in significant savings. However, developing a robust analytics strategy for care management is no easy task.
This webinar will focus on strategies for building a strong analytics foundation to strengthen care management programs.
By participating in this session, attendees will learn about the:
What type of audience should attend: Care Management, Analytics/Informatics, Business Intelligence, IT
John Azzolini, Senior Consulting Scientist, Truven Health Analytics
John Azzolini, M.P.H., M.B.A is a Senior Consulting Scientist at Truven Health Analytics. Mr. Azzolini has over 30 years of experience working in the health care field as a nurse, health plan manager, and for the last 18 years, health care analyst and consultant. His focus has been on the use of data for the evaluation of care cost and quality, particularly as pertains to the assessment of program and provider performance and clinical efficiency.
Mr. Azzolini is responsible for the creation, execution and management of analytic projects for health plans, governmental agencies and employers. He also serves as a subject matter expert for episode of care and predictive modeling methodologies. Recent areas of focus include the analysis specialty drug usage, avoidable emergency department usage and the application of algorithms for identification of potentially fraudulent behavior among health care providers.
Previously at Truven Health Analytics, Mr. Azzolini designed clinical analytic software and was a Consulting Director, managing the staff of consultants focused on analytic needs of health plan clients.
Mr. Azzolini received MBA and MPH degrees from Columbia University, a BSN in nursing from Cornell University and a BS in psychology from The State University of New York at Binghamton.
Kevin Ruane, Senior Consulting Scientist, Truven Health Analytics
Kevin Ruane is our Senior Consulting Scientist. He assists clients in the design, development, implementation, and ongoing support of healthcare information systems. Mr. Ruane manages a team of 20 consultants that support all aspects of health plan analytics. He has 25 years of experience in the health and welfare field, including ten years with Truven Health Analytics, during which time he has held several key positions in our Analytics and Consulting group.
Prior to joining our company in 2005, Mr. Ruane was a Senior Health Analyst and an Administration & Technology Consultant with a leading consulting firm. He analyzed client claims data and vendor contracts to ascertain financial and administrative benefits of putting business out to bid. He also assisted clients in making business decisions as they relate to work product redesign and acquisitions of new technology. Mr. Ruane worked as a Project Manager at a consulting firm, where he interfaced with health plans on behalf of large, national out-sourced clients. Prior to entering the health and welfare consulting business, Mr. Ruane spent 10 years working for health plans in various roles, including account management, provider negotiation, provider relations, client services, and eligibility. This experience has provided him with a thorough understanding of the many administrative and technological aspects of plan administration.
Mr. Ruane received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University.