HealthSciences Institute and Predilytics to present at the PHA Population Health Management Framework Webinars

PHA-Logo-FinalThe appropriate use of data and analytics and a new approach to achieving engagement in population health management programs are the topics of the October webinars in the Population Health Alliance’s PHM Virtual Brown Bag Series.

The October’s webinar presenters for the Population Health Management Virtual Brown Bag Series are Predilytics and HealthSciences Institute, on October 2 and 16, respectively.

This FREE webinar series features PHA member organizations presenting on the core components of the Population Health Management (PHM) framework and how they relate to their work and underpin their research in areas of identification, assessment, stratification, engagement, interventions, and evaluation.

On October 2, Christopher Coloian, President and CEO of Predilytics, will present a webinar titled Improving population health value through advanced analytics that will discuss how consumer preferences, engagement, and conditions can be derived from data elements, spanning consumer, demographic, financial, and clinical sources. The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 2, at Noon Eastern Time.

“As an industry, we can deliver improved population impact through the use of more expansive data and computer science,” said Coloian. “Today at Predilytics, we are leveraging information about consumer behavior, clinical data including unstructured information from notes, and advanced analytics, to reveal insights to improve consumer engagement, quality of care, and the coordination of care resources. The result is improved individual health status and maximum health improvement for the population.”

Sponsored by the HealthSciences Institute, on October 16, Susan W. Butterworth, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University will present the webinar Engagement in Population Health Management (PHM): A Different Perspective.

Dr. Butterworth will go in depth into the data from real-world PHM settings to show how developing and measuring the proficiency of PHM practitioners in an evidence-based health coaching approach and continuously measuring and managing the fidelity of the program services to the approach, may be among the most effective and affordable strategies to both improve engagement rates, support healthy behavior, and ultimately improve clinical and cost outcomes. The webinar is taking place on Thursday, October 16, at Noon Eastern Time.

“One of our biggest missed opportunities in PHM is the failure to invest in the type of best practice skill-building, performance management and quality improvement approaches that many of our own customers use in their industries,” said Blake Andersen, Ph.D., CEO of HealthSciences Institute. “When we do it right, we can achieve not just incremental change, but transformative change in engagement rates–on the level of four-fold–in rigorous evaluations. This isn’t a theory it’s a fact.”

The webinars are FREE to attend and registration and detailed information for both webinars is available here.

PHA Executive Director Fred Goldstein to present at 2014 HERO Forum

PHA Executive Director Fred Goldstein will present at the 2014 HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization) Forum, which takes place Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in San Diego.

Goldstein will be part of the panel Wellness, Social Media/Technology and Compliance on as part of the Innovators Workshops, on October 1, at 1:30 pm, to the more-than-400 employers, employee health management providers, industry professional organizations, and research experts who are expected to attend the HERO Forum.

“There is a “dark side” of mobile health that is rarely discussed,” said Goldstein. “While there is great enthusiasm for m-health and the data derived from these devices and apps; the use and potential abuse of this information has far outpaced current laws and regulations. Our panel will be exploring these issues, by presenting real life examples of the unique legal and compliance challenges brought on by the meteoric rise of technology clashing with the realities of the law as well as the objectives of the Affordable Care Act.”

The other panelists are Jim McSherry, Enquiron; Truth Fisher, Employment Law Attorney, Advisors Law Group, LLP; and Glen Nebel, Health & Welfare Employee Benefits Attorney, Advisors Law Group, LLP.

“The HERO Forum attracts the top minds in employee health management and gives employers a platform to ask questions of noted experts, to share experiences with other employers, and to learn about the latest research and trends in employee wellness,” said Jerry Noyce, president and CEO of HERO. “We’re thrilled to have (EXECUTIVE NAME) on our esteemed lineup of presenters this year.”

Goldstein is the Founder and President of Accountable Health, LLC. He has over 25 years of senior management experience in the health care industry encompassing Disease Management and Wellness, HMO, hospital and physician group operations, strategic planning, mHealth, marketing, product development, network development, and government affairs. He received a BA in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley and an MS in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas.

Registration information and a complete agenda for the HERO Forum can be found online at, or by calling HERO at 952-835-4257.

Tech Touch: Health care consumerism meets population health management

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The Population Health Alliance has always been at the forefront of health care transformation and innovation in that arena. Our annual conference has always showcased the technological innovations that are pushing forward the change while driving down cost, improving quality and outcomes and putting the individual in the driver seat.

This high tech track is definitely cutting edge. The presentations of the Tech Touch: Strategies for Apps in Health include internet-based activity monitors, which are incorporated with HRAs; online wellness platform that helps to understand resilience, wireless physical activity tracking devices; and mobile health messaging to promote responsible drinking.

Population health meets health care consumerism. The myriad of mobile apps and other technological innovations that put the consumer in the driver seat are pushing providers to catch up and ride the wave. These technologies can be a powerful tool to activate patients and drive up engagement.

Tech Touch: Strategies for Apps in Health 


Achieving Optimal Health and Unlocking Human Potential: A Case Study of Data-Driven Dialogue with the Army


Jeff Arnold, Chairman/CEO, Sharecare

LTC Daniel T. Johnston, MD, MPH, US Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Program

Association of Activity Monitors with HRA Responses among Those Participating in Employee Wellness Programs


Robert A. Frommelt, PhD, MS, Director, Measurement & Analysis, Nurtur Health

Elaine Gordon, MPH, MCHES, Senior Director, Public Health & Programs, LiveHealthier

Using Mobile Technology to Target Responsible Drinking as Part of Employer-Sponsored Population Health Programs


Dr. Leanne Mauriello, Vice President of Research and Product Development, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

The Gamification of Health: Effective Engagement in Health vs. Gaming the System


Erin Seaverson, StayWell

Paul Terry, PhD,Chief Science Officer, StayWell

Gina DeBruin, MBA, Strategic Partnership Manager, Wellness Team, Fitbit

Register today for the PHA Forum 2014

Showcase of Power Hitters in Population Health Management Strategies

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Every year at the Population Health Alliance’s conference, the latest and edgiest research in population health meets the proven and demonstrated best practices with a long record of good outcomes.

The Powerful PHM Strategies track showcases several of the tried and true strategies and programs with a great lineup of power-hitters in the industry. The peer-reviewed presentations address diabetes prevention employer-focused programs with a strong worksite wellness tilt; reporting of outcomes and program value; organizational support as the cornerstone of a culture of health.

Learn more

Register today for the PHA Forum 2014

Powerful PHM Strategies


Best Practices for Reporting Program Value, V2.0    


Michael J. Connor, Dr.P.H.

Senior Vice President, Health Intelligence, Alere

Creating a Culture of Health through Organizational Support


Jennifer Flynn, MS

Strategy Consultant, Mayo Clinic

Employer-vendor collaboration to build, communicate and execute on strategy delivers superior outcomes


Adam Long, PhD

Vice President, Research & Reporting, H2U | Health To You

PHA is featured in Partnership for the Future of Medicare’s 2014 Partner Perspectives

The Population Health Alliance (PHA) is featured in the latest issue of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare’s Partners Perspectives. This year’s publication compiles examples of the work that many organizations are doing to improve and innovate within the Medicare program.

PHA is proud to collaborate with the Partnership for the Future of Medicare to ensure the long-term security of the program. PHA supports the goal of strengthening beneficiary protections and encouraging coordinated, efficient, high quality care in the Medicare populations. PHA has long pursued research and policy initiatives that define and accurately measure outcomes of successful health and health care programs. We have also provided evidence-based advocacy regarding Medicare proposals.

PHA shares CMS’ goals of improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, and fully supports the agency’s quality measurement objectives. An objective Star Ratings methodology will drive better care delivery and empower beneficiaries to make informed decisions about their health care. PHA advocates administratively feasible solutions, such as embedding self-improvement into every measure and rewarding plans for outcomes.

In 2014, PHA convened a Medicare Action Coalition to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from rate cuts in the 2015 rate-setting process. Our position focused on the value that 15 million beneficiaries receive through evidence-based services such as care coordination and wellness benefits that are not available under traditional fee-for-service Medicare. We provided research that demonstrated the program has proven results in better health outcomes and well-being, while reducing emergency room visits, hospital admissions and other acute health episodes. This was a broad-based stakeholder group representing consumer and advocacy groups, industry and trade associations, physicians and health systems and employers.

PHA members play a strong role in leading the industry in Medicare innovation as well as other programs that improve individual well-being and reduce health care costs. Our population health approach includes several case studies as examples of these innovations and successes.

The publication showcases several case studies that reflect PHA’s work in improving Medicare.

Read the 2014 Partner Perspectives

PHA strengthens its portfolio on data and analytics for Population Health Management

PHA Forum Logo Final-01Over the past couple of years, the Population Health Alliance have been actively following and researching the trends on data and analytics and their impact on population health management programs.

2014 has proven a fertile year in this field, and we want to make sure you do not miss out on the upcoming opportunities to learn from thought leaders on the data and analytics camp.


Join us for the FREE Webinar: Improving Population Health Value through Advanced Analytics

Speaker: Christopher Coloian, President and CEO of Predilytics, Inc.

October 2, 12 Noon, Eastern Time

As part of the Population Health Alliance’s PHM Virtual Brown Bag Series, Predilytics, a PHA member and a leader in advanced analytics, will discuss how consumer preferences, engagement, and conditions can be derived from data elements, spanning consumer, demographic, financial, and clinical sources.

Learn more and register today


Check out the PHA Forum 2014’s track “Analytics to Action for Providers and ACOs”

The Analytics to Action for Providers and ACOs track shows examples of how to turn big data into better health outcomes. It showcases real world examples of how the appropriate use of data and analytics is transforming the way healthcare is provided in a multiplicity of settings. Learn how to go far beyond the basics of identification and risk stratification to use data for the new levers of population health like provider and consumer engagement, payment methodologies, care settings and other actionable insights.

View the Track’s Presentations and Speakers


Exhibit at the PHA Forum 2014 Solutions Zone’s ‘Data Stream’ neighborhood

To fully realize the benefits of HIT for population health, we must focus on new models that maximize efficiency, encourage rapid learning, and protect patients’ privacy. Showcase hospitals as healthcare data HUBs; big data trends and tools for accessing information in real time; security innovations; storage solutions; predictive analytics; medical interoperability; wireless infrastructure.

Learn more and apply to exhibit


REGISTER for the PHA Forum 2014


Check out the Population Health Management Journal, best source for peer-reviewed articles on PHM

By Fred Goldstein, Population Health Alliance Executive Director

JournalPopulation Health Management has become one of the hottest topics in health and healthcare. It is the cornerstone of our work at the Population Health Alliance, and of that of our members. As the field expands, and we keep pushing for more abundant and more in depth research, the volume related literature grows. We have the best source for peer-reviewed articles on the topic: the Population Health Management Journal, edited by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, and the official journal of the Population Health Alliance.

Read his letter here:

Dear Colleague,

Now, more than ever, Population Health Management is a critical resource for healthcare leaders interested in keeping up with the latest developments in this emerging field. In order to stay ahead of the curve in the post-reform era, it is important to have an in-depth understanding of the latest improvements in delivery systems, care models, and prevention strategies.

Subscribers to Population Health Management enjoy access to articles focused on research that explores the value proposition for prevention and wellness activities, and describes innovative practices and strategies to promote patient engagement, including collaborations between employers, insurers, and community-based agencies focused on improving the health of Americans.

We are proud of the Journal’s success as documented by our rising Impact Factor, publication of groundbreaking research that has been cited in such prestigious media outlets as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and a marked increase in the number of full-text article downloads from the Journal website. Our articles are cited on Capitol Hill and make their way into House and Senate testimony. The Journal is a recognized leader in organizing the healthcare system for the future, in a world characterized by transparency and public accountability.

The Journal welcomes diverse submissions, including research-based articles, articles on specific topics in the field, roundtables and perspective pieces. We are looking for high-quality, innovative submissions from the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders. We want to be a voice for the growing field of population health management.

As Editor-in-Chief and Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, I have always believed in the power of collaboration. I hope you will join me in being a part of the solution to our nation’s healthcare ills by subscribing or contributing your work to Population Health Management.

Yours truly,

David B. Nash, MD, MBA










PHA Member CareInnovations is hacking away the path to better patient engagement

The Population Health Alliance’s member Intel-GE Care Innovations™, a pioneer in connecting the care continuum to the home, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine and StartX, will host its first ever hackathon aimed at creating more effective and reliable connections between patients, clinicians, and the information that can improve the quality and cost efficiency of healthcare.

“The PHA Population Health Management Framework goes through Identification, Assessment, Stratification, Engagement, Interventions and Measurement. Each piece is critical, but one of the most perplexing is engagement,” said Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director.

“While we at PHA are working on defining and establishing a measure for engagement through one of our Quality and Research Workgroups, one of our members, CareInnovations an Intel-GE Company is challenging entrepreneurs, physicians, designers, scientists, and those simply wanting to make a difference in healthcare to come up with innovative solutions through a hackathon.”

The event will be hosted on Stanford University’s campus September 19-21 and will feature keynote addresses by health innovation experts Dr. Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, experienced in innovative and disruptive uses of information technology.

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Heads up HR managers! Check out PHA Forum 2014 Workplace Healthcare & Benefits Institute

PHA Forum Logo Final-01The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute is a cornerstone of the educational program at the Population Health Alliance’s (PHA) annual conference, the PHA Forum 2014, to be held December 10-12, in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the theme, Collaborate + Communicate = Engage. Registration is open online.

The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute, on Wednesday, December 10, from 10 am to 5 pm, will provide HR and benefits managers and employers across the spectrum a solid basis to assess their wellness programs, as well as, for newcomers a review of core metrics, engagement strategies, and comparison of emerging and existing trends in wellness, incentives and more.

“HR managers, employee benefits specialists, as well as organizations and vendors new to the population health management space will benefit from the in-depth analysis and interactive exercises on engagement strategies, incentives, measuring program impact, and value metrics,” said Karen Moseley, PHA Director of Research.

The registration for the annual conference is now open and members of the media can request press credentials. Employers enjoy a great rate of $195 for the entire conference.

Check the Agenda for the Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute.

Register for the PHA Forum 2014 and save with great early bird rates!

PHA applauds CMS’ efforts in favor of payment for non-face-to-face care coordination services


As part of its advocacy efforts on behalf of its members, on September 2, the Population Health Alliance (PHA) wrote to Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, to applaud the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) efforts to improve care for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions by facilitating payment for non-face-to-face care coordination services.

Read the letter Re: CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule


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