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 www.the-hero.org, or by calling HERO at 952-835-4257.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Engagement, what was that again…and how do I know it when I see it?

By Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director 

Engagement has been on the spotlight for a while. In this new economy and ecology of companies invested in getting their clients to interact directly and constantly with the organizations and among themselves using various platforms, measuring engagement has become the angular rock of business. It has also become ever more elusive. Vanity measures – followers, likes – are no longer enough, and neither investors not customers are fooled by them.

If you are in the health care world, as I am, you know that engagement is paramount. You also know you would like to be able to define it, measure it, understand it, and figure out how it translates into better outcomes for your patients and employees.

It seems as if every organization reports on engagement in a different way, and the time for standardized metrics and homogenous methods has come. In order to define engagement, members of the Population Health Alliance have created a Workgroup on Engagement as part of the work of PHA’s Quality and Research Committee.

They are very happy to hear and receive continuous feedback from the organizations involved in worksite wellness, population health management, and others who are make strides to get engagement right. Get involved by contacting Karen Moseley, PHA Research Director, kmoseley@populationhealthalliance.org or just email me.

For PHA, 2014 is truly the year of engagement.

–       The theme of the annual conference, PHA Forum 2014, is Collaborate + Communicate = Engage.

–       Excelling in Engagement, an educational track at PHA Forum 2014, gathers presentations that discuss in depth engagement as an overall theme, including provider, engagement, health plan member engagement, incentive program design, and engaging the moderate risk population.

–       Engagement again! So, how do we do it?is the title of one of PHA Forum 2014 Walking Learning Labs of the Exhibit Hall, in which organizations will provide hands on demonstrations of how engagement works in real life.

Learn more about the PHA Workgroup on Engagement’s Charge.

The Wait Is Over: PHA and HERO Release Core Metrics for Employee Health Management

For the past two years, PHA has partnered with Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) to identify and recommend measures and standards for the assessment of employee health management programs for the employer community.

The employer dashboard covers 7 domains: organizational support, health impact, participation, satisfaction, financial outcomes, productivity and performance, and value on investment. The recommendations have been reviewed by several subject matter experts and are currently under review by stakeholder organizations and public comment.

Read the Program Measurement Evaluation Guide: Core Metrics for Employee Health Management (Executive Summary)

Read the Program Measurement and Evaluation Guide: Core Metrics for Employee Health (Handout)

PHA Forum Logo Final-01Why PHM in the workplace is the new black?

A discussion and in-depth presentation of the core metrics for employee health management and the work of PHA and HERO will be a centerpiece of the Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute at the PHA Forum 2014.

Population Health Management (PHM) is changing workplace wellness for the better. The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute, a preconference event of the PHA Forum 2014, 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.

Check PHA Forum 2014 Schedule of Events

Register for PHA Forum 2014

 

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

 

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