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
Editor-in-Chief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Learn more: http://www.careinnovations.com/intel-ge-care-innovations-hackathon-tackle-biggest-patient-engagement-hurdles/

DPS Health and Kognito to present at the PHA Population Health Management Framework Webinars

PHA Members Kognito and DPS Health will present complimentary webinars in September about tapping virtual humans to drive behavior change and improving the health of those with moderate risks, as part of the PHM Virtual Brown Bag Series.

The Population Health Alliance, the leader in advancing the principles of population health, today announced September’s lineup of webinar presenters for the Population Health Management Virtual Brown Bag Series: DPS Health and Kognito, on September 4 and 18, 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 September 4, DPS Health’s webinar, titled Improving outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions who are not yet very sick, will be presented by company leaders Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer, and Adam Kaufman, PhD, CEO and President.

The two will talk about how an integrated approach to outreach, education, engagement, activation and intervention improves short-term and long-term business and health outcomes when applied to the Moderate Risk segment of the population. The webinar is taking place on Thursday, September 4, at Noon Eastern Time.

On September 18, Kognito’s Co-Founders CEO, Ron Goldman and Director of Research, Glenn Albright, Ph.D., will present the webinar Conversations that Drive and Sustain Change: Can Talking with Virtual Humans Change Behavior?

The webinar will showcase how Kognito, for the past decade, is tapping emotionally responsive, fully animated Virtual Humans in challenging conversations about health to drive behavior change. The presenters will discuss how conversations that are occurring across the care continuum today can be made more meaningful; the learning methodology that incorporates principles of neuroscience, social cognition and game mechanics into the Kognito Conversation PlatformTM; and demonstrate their ground-breaking technology and evidence-based approach in recent work for health and behavioral health clients.

The webinar is taking place on Thursday, September 18, at Noon Eastern Time.

The webinars are FREE to attend and registration and detailed information for both webinars is available here: http://populationhealthalliance.org/webinars/phm-virtual-brown-bag-series.html

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About DPS Health

Founded in 2004, DPS Health is the leader in moderate risk population health services. The company works with health plans, healthcare providers and employers to identify, engage and impact individuals with, or at-risk for chronic disease reducing disease morbidity and healthcare costs. For more information on DPS Health, visit http://www.dpshealth.com.

About Kognito

Founded in 2003, Kognito is a leader in immersive learning experiences that drive positive change in health behaviors. Kognito’s award-winning online and mobile simulations with virtual humans prepare individuals and professionals to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Kognito uses a science-driven, research-proven approach and currently has more than 450 clients in education, government and healthcare settings. The company has been recognized for its evidence-based programs, and is the only company with online simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more and access demos at http://www.kognito.com.

PHA Members Receive 25% off Nationally Recognized Health Management & Coaching Program

Since 2007, the Population Health Alliance (PHA) has offered members a great benefit: 25% off the National Chronic Care Professional Health Coach learning and certification program. First piloted through funding by the State of Minnesota in 2003, CCP has been adopted by over 250 purchaser, health plan, population health vendor and provider organizations. Users include CMS Innovation Center awardees, 25+ BCBS affiliates, VA centers, military health units and the largest patient-centered primary care collaboratives.

CCP is used by organizations small and large to shorten the ramp-up time for new telephonic or face-to-face population health management hires or to improve engagement, clinical or cost outcomes. Nominated for a “Best of Blue” award by the national association, HealthSciences Institute’s CCP and Registered Health Coach (RHC) training have delivered better engagement rates for three separate BCBS affiliates in independent evaluations. With some state Medicaid programs requiring CCP or RHC for provider or vendor health management program staff, CCP and RHC certification was a deciding factor for the award of a state Medicaid contract to one at least one population health vendor.

CCP was developed in collaboration by a faculty team of national experts in population health, disease state management, health behavior change and motivational interviewing health (MI). It remains the gold standard and the only certification approved for the National Health Coach Registry at www.HealthCoachRegistry.org.

Visit the CCP site to learn more, download the CCP brochure. PHA members can register now to save over $300 on the CCP online learning system, manual, certification, the 50-hour on-demand video skill-building library and three more years of expert-led continuing education by using code PHAL during registration. Or, register for both CCP and RHC and save $500.

Got a Name for Us? Population Health Alliance Seeks Board of Directors Nominations

PHA-Logo-FinalThe Population Health Alliance, the leader in advancing the principles of population health, seeks nominations from members for its 2014 Board of Directors. PHA’s Volunteer Board is comprised of population health industry leaders. PHA Board members serve as industry champions and spokespersons and also shape organizational direction and policies. The Population Health Alliance seeks industry leaders with the appropriate skills and leadership abilities to guide efforts to align all stakeholders toward improving the health of populations.

Please, assist us by nominating individuals who would add value to the Board and who would be interested in this service opportunity to the population health community. A Nominating Committee will review nominations and forward the names of selected nominees to the Board. Final approval is given by membership at the Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with PHA Forum 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ December 10-12.

The criteria by which potential candidates are considered and judged include:

  1. Population Health Alliance membership;
  2. Recognized leadership position within organization and/or industry. Leadership is intended to include not only those with C-suite status, but also others demonstrating thought leadership among industry stakeholders;
  3. Engagement in population health improvement industry;
  4. Willingness to participate actively in and to support Population Health Alliance activities through personal involvement in at least one committee and, if an organizational member, through appointment of other organizational personnel to appropriate committee memberships, as well as to assist with development efforts in support of Population Health Alliance events and activities, requiring 60-80 hours of participation per year; and
  5. Bring diversity of membership to the Board of Directors; in particular, ability to assist Population Health Alliance in expanding affiliations with the provider and HIT communities and other stakeholder groups to extend our influence and constituent input for our collective population health improvement missions.

Board members serve two-year terms and are expected to attend all Board activities and participate actively on committees and with fundraising. Nominations should include a comprehensive biography of the nominee. Please send nominations to Fred Goldstein, Interim Executive Director at fgoldstein@populationhealthalliance.org. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, September 10, 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Want to Contribute to the Industry’s Discussion on Value on Investment?

By Michael Connor, Dr.P.H., Senior Vice President, Alere Health and Bruce Sherman, MD, Medical Director, Employers Health Coalition

The Population Health Alliance (PHA) Quality & Research Committee has identified Value on Investment (VOI) as a key initiative for this year. The goal of this work group is to empower purchasers of population health management (PHM) programs to adopt a comprehensive value proposition, which more broadly captures the business impact beyond healthcare costs.  Initial objectives include defining the scope of the VOI construct and determining a compelling rationale that is embraced by PHM purchasers.

The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and PHA led a collaborative effort to develop guidelines related to value domains and corresponding core metrics. The VOI model encompasses all of these domains as outputs as well as a broad view of investment or inputs beyond program vendor fees and incentive costs.

The domains are organizational support, participation, health impact, productivity and performance, financial savings and satisfaction. The Organizational Support domain addresses the degree to which an organization commits to the health and well-being of its employees. Participation recommends measures and definitions related to meaningful program interventions. The Health Impact domain covers measures associated with preventable health conditions.  The Productivity and Performance domain provides an employee continuum ranging from absenteeism through optimal performance at work. Financial Health Care Savings incorporates claims data and modeling estimates.  Satisfaction addresses participant and provider perspectives.

Initial reactions have been very positive related to both the domains and the VOI approach. Most stakeholders are intrigued with the concept, and some have enthusiastically volunteered to pilot the process. Others have suggested the need to develop a more compelling business case to discuss with purchasers.  There are clearly data implications related to a broader set of outcome measures beyond the more traditional and narrower focus of financial health care savings.

Work group discussions have questioned whether organizational support is an outcome or rather an input within the VOI framework. Additional considerations have raised the need for a greater focus on participant program engagement as well as assessing program impact on employee engagement at work and other business outcomes.

So what are your thoughts regarding …

  1. What are the barriers to a purchaser acceptance of a broader value proposition and how these can be addressed?
  2. What practical measures and methodologies best assess value components and will be readily adopted?
  3. How do the value domains align with purchasers’ (employers, health plans and government) strategic priorities?

Comment here or email us your thoughts at kmoseley@populationhealthalliance.org

 

Guest Post: Sun Health’s Community Health Focus Promotes Patient Engagement, Healthy Living

JDrago headshot 2-2013Jennifer Drago, FACHE, MHSA, MBA, Vice President of Business Development, Sun Health

What do you envision or expect will be the most significant opportunities for the population health management industry in 2014?
I believe that the biggest opportunity our industry has is in educating health care consumers about the role they play in maintaining and improving their own health, especially when living with one or more chronic illnesses. If providers and payers alike are able to provide opportunities and reduce barriers for consumers to undertake behavioral modifications to improve their health and well-being, we may encourage positive change that not only benefits the consumer, but also decreases financial and resource strains on the entire health care system.

At Sun Health, we’ve focused on providing education and self-management support that assists community members in having a successful recovery. Through our Care Transitions program, nurses visit patients in the hospital, again when they are home and follow up with phone calls during the post-discharge period. Care Transitions nurses educate and monitor adherence to medication schedules, share information about what signs and symptoms to watch for following a major chronic disease procedure or hospital stay, and connect participants to community resources such as transportation and home-delivered meals. The ongoing support and guidance encourages patients to take ownership for their health, and has reduced readmissions for the target population by more than 60%. Next, we are launching a Center for Health & Wellbeing where those with chronic disease can benefit from personalized health assessments, action plans designed by dietitians and exercise physiologists, and assistance in making lifestyle modifications when needed.

What will make 2013 a successful year for our industry in policy, research, and technology?
Identifying triggers that negatively impact health and collaborating to address these issues. In the retirement areas that Sun Health serves, for instance, we’ve learned that a lack of transportation options is a major reason why some seniors can’t access health care services, stay connected via social engagements and even shop for groceries. Although our core service is community health programs, we believe we must support transportation improvements in our area. If we can help solve a significant issue such as transportation, we will enhance the health and wellbeing of our community which, in turn, assists in achieving our mission of being an advocate for healthy living.

What are some of the opportunities and avenues for collaboration in the industry, as well as to the importance of communication for engagement?
We absolutely have to collaborate to address the impact of chronic disease in new ways that activate and engage patients in self-monitoring their conditions and in undertaking lifestyle modifications where needed. In addition, involving patients in the story telling and testimonials that share the benefits also would further personalize the impact of population health and ultimately, conserve valuable resources for both providers and consumers.

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Guest Blog Post Disclaimer CCA invites guest bloggers to post on Voice on Population Health Blog as a benefit for our members and the industry and to allow for exchange of ideas and information regarding population health. The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and/or of the company the author represents and do not represent those of the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA), its members, or the industry as a whole. CCA is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this guest post article. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author(s) and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

Improving Population Health: Creating Healthier Communities to Make Healthcare Better

Brenda Schmidt, MS, MBA, President and CEO of Viridian Health Management

A few weeks ago, I attended the 2013 CCA Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am proud that Viridian Health Management was a CCA Forum contributor sponsorSolution Zone exhibitor and symposium speaker, as this conference is the largest gathering of healthcare professionals in prevention, wellness and chronic care management.

The days started early with the breakfast symposiums and were followed by sessions led by well-known organizations as Accenture, Aetna, Alere, Apixio, Banner Health, Optum, Mayo Clinic, Qualcomm, stickK, Walgreens, Weight Watchers, Zamzee, and many more. The days ended with great networking events in the evening. Despite the long days, I was completely energized and refreshed. Spending three days with over 1,000 innovative thinkers can certainly have that effect. I was fortunate to talk with many of these innovators throughout the duration of the CCA Forum and the common thread was that they all wanted to improve healthcare delivery, positively impact health outcomes, increase quality of care, and make sustainable improvements in healthcare for the future.

Looking back at the many CCA Forum speakers, they all were very aligned to this year’s theme of “The Value of Population Health: Implementation Matters.” Here are a few of those examples that really resonated:

  • Michael Taylor of Accenture: “Maintaining a ‘human touch’ in your engagement methodology is a key component of a successful wellness program. Sustainable engagement is necessary to drive value in population Health.”
  • Nilay Shah of Mayo Clinic: “Big data gives the opportunity to collaborate, to prototype, test new findings and speed adoption.”
  • William Crown of Optum Health: “Creating the right cadence for population health management is the key to success over a shotgun approach.”
  • Dee Edington of Edington Associates: “There is plenty of evidence to show health improvement and improved productivity as a result of a culture of health.”
  • Thomas Parry of Integrated Benefits Institute: “If ROI is your only driver for worksite wellness initiatives, then you’re missing out.”
  • Sean Sullivan of the Institute for Health & Productivity Management: “It’s about a consistent message from the top to create a culture of health at your organization.”
  • Robert Stone of Healthways:  “The things that can be measured the most, oftentimes are not the most important.”
  • Ron Weinert of Walgreens: “It’s not a complicated idea…provide patient care in a community setting. We’re bridging the gap…coordinating care through innovative pharmacy programs.”

It was also an honor to co-present with Marissa Hudson, Viridian’s EVP of Public/Private Partnerships at CCA Forum 2013 to discuss Viridian’s role as a strategic partner of the CDC to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP); Viridian’s proprietary My Weigh 2 Prevent Diabetes™, a cloud-based technology developed exclusively for the National DPP; our diabetes lifestyle coach training; andMAESTRO™, Viridian‘s proprietary model for the identification, outreach and administration of diabetes prevention.

In addition, I am honored and privileged to accept my appointment as a member of CCA’s board of directors. As one of 10 new members of CCA’s board of directors, I look forward to collaborating with other leaders of the healthcare industry to focus on the implementation of effective population health models and strategies from development to delivery.

It’s not a complicated idea: creating healthier communities to make healthcare better and sustainable for the future. As a value-driven health management company, Viridian powers performance in population health, inspires healthy living and lowers healthcare costs. Our philosophy of integrative health management is an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes a synergy between health protection and health promotion. This approach extends not only to individuals, but also to caregivers, providers and the larger healthcare system.

CCA Forum 2013 clearly chose a very relevant and timely theme. Without a doubt, there is tremendous value of improving population health…it really does matter.

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About the Author

Brenda Schmidt is the president and CEO of Viridian Health Management. As the architect of numerous successful health and wellness programs, Schmidt is widely recognized as an authority on developing best-in-class programs that engage diverse populations. In founding Viridian, Schmidt works in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the National Healthy Worksite Program. This national initiative brings a new level of health to the American workplace to improve the lives of employees while lowering employer healthcare costs. In addition, Schmidt also serves a leadership role in the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Think Tank, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), NIOSH Total Worker Health™ and frequently speaks nationally on integrated health management and worksite health.

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Guest Blog Post Disclaimer CCA invites guest bloggers to post on Voice on Population Health Blog as a benefit for our members and the industry and to allow for exchange of ideas and information regarding population health. The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and/or of the company the author represents and do not represent those of the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA), its members, or the industry as a whole. CCA is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this guest post article. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author(s) and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

All Eyes on Alere, CCA Forum 2013 Presidential Sponsor

The CCA Forum’s Presidential Sponsor is Worth WatchingCare Continuum Alliance Forum 2013

As Presidential Sponsor of the CCA Forum 2013, Alere brings acute expertise and advanced solutions to this year’s conference. With a vision of connected health, Alere is an established leader in the healthcare industry for innovation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet several of Alere’s top innovators. Register today!

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