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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Must Read: Article on Population Health and Health Care Consumerism

The latest issue of the Health Care Consumerism Outlook 2013 includes an article by members of the Care Continuum Alliance’s team discussing how population health management and health care consumerism have a symbiotic relationship.

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The Future for Population Health Relies on Three Key Consumer-Centric Features: Health Data, Care Coordination, and mHealth” is an excellent read, if we may say so ourselves.

Consumerism and its impact on health often move faster than the health care industry. At CCA we have worked to keep pace with this market movement and respond appropriately. In 2013 our research and advocacy priorities, which are driven by our members through their participation in our Quality and Research committees, focus on the understanding of how incentives work, not merely to move consumers into wellness programs, but to engage them in community wellness, that is, incentives that inspire the consumer to transcend the health of self to move into a community health mindset.

Improving the health of populations starts by building a healthy shield around one individual consumer at a time. CCA’s population health framework, an outcome of our committees’ work puts the consumer at its very center.  We use the term consumer, not patient, because the health continuum encompasses services beyond those of “health care” and being a “patient” to include wellness and prevention, and the engagement of the individual. Lifestyle issues such as exercise and diet have been one of the initial foci of consumerism as it entered the health care space.

Read the article the full article, “The Future for Population Health Relies on Three Key Consumer-Centric Features: Health Data, Care Coordination, and mHealth”, on the magazine HealthCare Consumerism Outlook 2013.

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