Top 3 lessons learned from successful population health initiatives
Innovative population health programs across the country are improving the health of the communities they serve by doing things like reducing readmissions, shortening patients’ length of stay, and improving overall utilization. Yes, that last one hurts a bit, especially as many organizations are still in the process of transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care contracting. Nevertheless, health systems are progressing in their ability to better manage the care of chronically-ill patients – keeping them out of the hospital and in lower-cost sites of care. In essence, they’re fulfilling their mission. And that’s something to celebrate.
However, as many have learned in recent years, population health management does not succeed with incremental, cosmetic changes. Impactful population health programs must truly be transformational. It requires a shift in organizational culture, provider alignment, significant investment in technology and analytics capabilities, and changes where and how care is delivered. As we’ve learned more about how healthcare is being transformed through innovative population health programs, we’ve formulated a list of the top three lessons learned: