Population health isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that has taken on greater prominence as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and as accountable care organizations (ACOs) have gained traction. ACOs demand quality and outcomes measures from population health. By Susan Kanvik and Karen Curtis, Point B Management Consultants
The first white paper in this population health management (PHM) series, Chronic Disease is Healthcare’s Rising Risk, reported on the health and financial burden associated with chronic diseases, specifically the ‘rising-risk’ and ‘high-risk’ clinically stratified population groups. The second paper, A Health Behavior Change Framework for Population Health Management, set out a coordinated clinical-community structure for delivering chronic disease intervention care. This is the third white paper in this PHM series that will discuss the advantages of setting process and evaluation standards for methodology and community-digital engagement to achieve and sustain health behavior change for self-management.
Public health leaders and cross-sector partnerships would drive improvements. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
With the final rule issued by CMS for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the landmark payment system for Medicare physician fees is officially the new game in town. Physician incentives for care improvement and adoption of value-based care models are firmly in place.
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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is leveraging functional status assessments and social determinants of health to advance its population health management efforts.
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Population health management is a model that looks beyond those who need immediate medical care by helping physicians to assess their entire patient population and divide it into various groups. These groups often consist of three main categories: those who are healthy and need to stay healthy, those that have health risks, and those with chronic conditions. Healthy individuals are often managed by having them keep up with preventative care measures. Those with health risks often need to change or stop certain behaviors to reduce their risks. And, those with chronic conditions need to prevent further complications by working with their health providers and changing their health behaviors.
The goal of population health management is improving the overall health of an entire population. Treating health at a population level typically means focusing on improving environment, social structure, and resource distribution. Family planning programs, for instance, play a major role in population health and are one of the most highly cost-effective interventions in medicine.