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May 11, 2017 3:00:00 PM

How To Get Started on the Journey to Population Health

For many healthcare organizations, the long-term vision for population health is clear: Deliver better care at a lower cost, ultimately improving the health of the populations they serve. But the potential paths that lead to that shared destination are about as varied as the number of organizations that seek to reach it. How do you know where to start?

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Topics: Population Health

Mar 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Is Your System Heading for Success or a Crash?

I recently saw an excellent example of offering appropriate care in the appropriate setting when I reviewed my new HORNE healthcare plan. HORNE is offering a new program called “MD Live.” For the first time, our insurance will cover employees who consult a doctor remotely by using a phone, tablet or computer. The next time I feel a cold or the flu coming on, I can visit with a doctor and get the treatment I need without traveling to the doctor’s office. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Population Health, Appropriate Care

Mar 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Are You Ready to Capitalize on New Opportunities in Healthcare Transformation?

Bundled payments. Volume-to-value. Cost accounting. Process improvement. Patient engagement. Population health. Organizational leadership.

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Topics: Healthcare Quality, Population Health, Healthcare Reform, Transformation, Cost Accounting, Process Improvement

Mar 12, 2015 9:23:20 AM

3 Strategies to Become an ACO

The early experience with ACOs has not been very good. The cost of implementation has been higher than expected, and population health management has been difficult to achieve. Data released last October showed that out of 220 CMS ACOs, only 52 were able to share savings, and 115 ACOs had no cost savings. The CMS ACO spend was reduced by a paltry 1%.

So why were the results so underwhelming? It was harder to reduce costs than expected. Low hanging fruit did not exist. The outcomes could have been better if they had deployed these three important strategies.

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Topics: ACO, Population Health