What is True Population Health Management?

“Population health” is now a popular buzzword and all the rage, whether you are talking to disease management vendors, providers, employers, IT companies or even health policy wonks. But in my experience, far too many of us use that term too liberally, without really understanding what true population health management entails. And then sometimes we throw up our hands too quickly when our so-called population health programs don’t succeed. So what is true population health management?

Any population health program should start with identifying the population and conducting some form of an assessment; then amalgamate those assessments to determine the overall health of the population and stratify the population into risk buckets. This is followed by the all important and difficult engagement, and then person-centered, evidence-based interventions. These interventions must be tailored to meet the needs of each person. Too often, we focus just on disease specific interventions in this stage, when we should also be examining the workplace, home, community and other environments and full range of community resources. For example, how is a diabetic supposed to come in for regular treatment when he or she can’t drive and there is no public transportation in place? The final important step is impact evaluation—we need to understand how our interventions are working across the risk continuum. This can help us refine and readjust our approach if needed.

I’m truly looking forward to our 16th Annual Population Health Forum, where we will learn from the experts about the best ways to approach each of these crucial steps.  I’m pleased we’re really giving person-centered intervention the recognition it is due by making this year’s Forum theme “Welcome to Health.  Population of One.” Too often we get frustrated trying to decide how to improve the health of a large population — the task just seems too massive. It is critical we remind ourselves population health management creates improvements by focusing on the needs of one person.

In the coming weeks I look forward to having a robust conversation with all of you about the strategies and programs you have used to successfully change population health. What examples have you experienced first-hand where the change in population health started with just one person?

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What is the PHA Forum 2014? The Juried Award Tracks

By Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director 

Bringing you insights, ideas and successes from the large-scale community based population health initiatives to best practices in population health including the new age of analytics, apps and engagement, the PHA Forum 2014 has it all.  It’s the go to place to understand population health and what works. It’s not about the fluff or the hoopla, but the substance behind population health. This year we received roughly 70 submissions reviewed by the PHA program committee for our 16 jury awarded presentations. The four tracks will focus on:

Analytics to Action:  For Providers and ACOs

You can’t do population health management without data.  But what can and should you do with the data, how do you make it actionable?  Digital surveys and dashboards, big data machine learning to better target the individual and data for outcomes based payment models are all covered in this track.  Get actionable intelligence for your provider group, ACO, or population health management program.

Excelling in Engagement

Remember the “Not documented. Not done” hospital mantra, how about “Not Engaged, Not Improved!” Engagement is the buzzword of population health; but how can you improve engagement?  From provider/patient engagement to engagement by risk level and the power of incentives, explore how to engage your population.

Powerful Population Health Management Strategies

Culture of Health, reporting and collaboration; sure that makes sense, but what are some of the best strategies to actually do these things? This session will present what works and why, giving you the ideas and tools to improve these critical areas. We can all point to examples of what didn’t work, oh yeah the boss stepped out for a smoke after handing out the wellness awards; learn from those who have documented what does.

Tech Touch: Strategies for Apps in Health

Activity Trackers, mHealth, the web and gamification; a few of the new tools and approaches to supposedy create better population health management programs. Talk about buzz and hype, there are new entries every day! Ever ask if anyone has any outcomes data? Look behind the cloud, no pun intended, and remember it’s only going to improve your population health program if if it works These presentations do and that’s the difference!

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What is the PHA Forum 2014? The Keynotes

By Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director

Bringing you insights, ideas and successes from the large-scale community based population health initiatives to best practices in population health including the new age of analytics, apps and engagement, the PHA Forum 2014 has it all.  It’s the go to place to understand population health and what works. It’s not about the fluff or the hoopla, but the substance behind population health. What are some of the big issues we face, whose doing some really interesting stuff, what does the business community think and can we look beyond our own borders?

These are just a few of the issues the Visionaries Series Keynote Speakers discuss.  Hear from:

Esther Dyson

Wow, astronaut trainee, early stage Angel Investor, writer, and more; and now she wants to create communities of health?  I’ve got to hear that.  Esther will focus on her new initiative The Way to Wellville.  Hear about the idea, the process, what she hopes to learn and share and early results from this privately launched initiative.

 

 

David Nash, MD, MPH

Who better to discuss where we are and where we are going than the Founding Dean of the first school of population health at a medical school in the entire country. From his perch at Jefferson, his board position with Humana, as the Editor of the Journal Population Health Management, (the official journal of the Population Health Alliance and his programs shaping future generations of population health leaders, David has his pulse on the industry, the science behind it and its future.

 

Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD

It’s a big world out there, and they do population health too.  Kaveh Safavi, the Managing Director Global Health for Accenture, sees and works on many of these initiatives. He’ll bring his expertise and experience to Forum 2014 and help us learn from initiatives outside our borders.

 

 

Brian Klepper, PhD

Brian’s known for saying it like it is.  I’ve seen many individuals from the health care industry sit in stunned silence as he presents his ideas on why it costs so much and how to fix it; you know sometimes we can’t point to the other guy. Population Health is one of the key components to a solution, but only if we also consider costs and utilization and some of the drivers of inappropriate behavior from the provider side.  I can tell you this one will be interesting!

Only at the PHA Forum 2014 will you hear from this diverse group of great Keynote speakers.

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Placing Workplace Wellness in Proper Context: Value Beyond Money

By Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, MA

Most companies in the United States now offer some kind of wellness programming to their employees. In 2012, about half of US employers with at least 50 employees and more than 90% with more than 50,000 employees offered a workplace wellness program (1).

Employer surveys (eg, the 2011 Automatic Data Processing Survey) suggest that the most often-cited reasons for offering these programs include improved employee health, health care cost control, increased productivity, and absenteeism reduction. Each of these reasons is quantifiable, and their value can be monetized, allowing for a calculation of savings and an estimation of a return on investment (ROI).

Yet it isn’t necessarily always about saving money. Dr Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, notes in a recent online post that companies committed to nurturing a culture of well-being consider broader motivations, including low turnover rates, attraction of top candidates, job satisfaction, and recruitment and retention of workers (2). Each factor was reported as being a more important driver of workplace wellness programs than ROI.

There is understandable interest in learning if, and how, workplace wellness programs produce results and generate savings. Publications on the effect of workplace wellness on financial outcomes continue to accumulate (1–5), but instead of producing consistency and clarity, they have introduced doubt and controversy. Systematic reviews and meta-analytic findings indicate that workplace wellness can generate savings (3). However, recent ROI studies indicate that such savings come only from disease management (DM) programs not lifestyle management (LM) programs (1). To gain clarity, 2 issues must be addressed. First, there is a need to standardize the definition of workplace wellness programs so that casual use of what constitutes such programs can be avoided. Second, research approaches should more explicitly recognize that workplace wellness programs generate a range of outcomes, many of them non–health related, that provide substantial value to employers even though they are often not represented in ROI analyses.

This essay addresses these 2 issues in the context of a set of best practice program-design principles that allow for properly designed workplace wellness programs to be differentiated from other activities that, although well-intended, may not rise to the level of a bona fide program.

Read the article.

Suppport Population Health Research: Sponsor a PHA Forum 2014 Scientific Track

 

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The Solutions Zone is designed in four neighborhubs that complete attendees’ integrated learning experience with the hands-on demonstrations of the theories and initiatives presented in the scientific tracks.  

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Walking Learning Labs

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1 panel. 3 stars: The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the Way to Wellville, the Blue Zones at PHA Forum 2014

Have you ever seen the leaders of The Way to Wellville, the Blue Zones and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative comparing notes on the same panel?

You have your chance at the Executive Leadership Institute of the PHA Forum 2014, the Population Health Alliance’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, December 10-12, 2014.

Panel: How Population Health can foster communities of health

Speakers

Rain Henderson

CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Clinton Foundation

 

 

 

Esther Dyson

Founder, HICCup

The Way to Wellville

 

 

 

Janet Calhoun

Senior Vice President Strategy, Innovations and Solutions, Healthways, Inc.

Blue Zones

 

 

 

Ashley Smith JuarezAshley Smith Juarez

Regional Director for Northeast Florida

Clinton Health Matters Initiative

 

 

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For the industry leaders, the Executive Leadership Institute at PHA Forum 2014 is a space for discussion, networking and agenda setting, comprised as its own conference track focused on broader strategic issues geared towards health care executives.

“Last year, the Executive Leadership Institute attracted a great group of professionals in senior leadership positions among providers, payers, employers large and small and several other in the healthcare arena,” said Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director. “In 2014, the lineup of speakers is top notch, and we expect a very spirited conversation.”

The Institute, sponsored by Alere, will encourage attendees to take a good look at what’s happening and what needs to be done to shape the future so that the population health industry achieves the desired outcomes in the transformation and ultimate improvement of America’s health and healthcare.

“The speakers will address some of the larger issues with which the industry is grappling as population health principles become a mainstay of payers, provider groups, government and communities. What’s the outlook for the next 10, 20 years? Can we improve the health of populations at a community level? What does global outsourcing look like these days? What are the pressing research concerns?” said Goldstein.

The registration for the annual conference is now open and members of the media can request press credentials. The Executive Leadership Institute is by invitation-only and the full agenda can be viewed on the website.

Register Now for PHA Forum 2014 and take advantage of the early bird rates.

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.

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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.

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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.

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