Chairman & CEO, HealthCAWS
Chairman of the Board, Population Health Alliance
On October 11th a national and diverse group of healthcare leaders were convened in Washington DC by the Population Health Alliance (PHA), the industry’s only professional and trade association solely focused on population health management (PHM). The event aimed to showcase advancing PHM innovations amidst a bipartisan policy backdrop, and that it delivered and then some.
There is no bigger focus today than population health management especially when you consider the contents of the PHM broad umbrella. And yes, that umbrella includes value- based care with financial incentives as a lever and precision medicine where advancements in science allow us to expand on the ability to provide individualized interventions.
The mainstay features of the PHA PHM Framework have been and continue to be enduring:
- Upfront Analytics to define populations, identify and risk stratify individuals for triage to the best interventions,
- Consumer focused Interventions that span the continuum from Wellness to End of Life and are multifaceted, from High Tech to High Touch, and an
- Outcomes Focus – measuring and delivering value – improved quality, experience of care and cost savings.
Following a review of the PHA PHM framework and industry trends, Tom Scully, former CMS administrator, joined me to deliver his remarks and then share his personal experiences in government and as an industry leading entrepreneur and investor with WCAS. Tom skillfully boiled down his many points of wisdom to what has consistently worked overtime and across markets-risk and accountability.
Don Wright took the stage to take us into the future with an overview of Healthy People 2030. He emphasized creating a discreet set of actionable objectives to align and mobilize the nation’s vast healthcare work force across all business segments. A unique panel on a nationally gripping topic-the Opioid epidemic- was moderated by Jaan Sidorov joined by Andrey Ostrovsky and Denee Choice. The team like others addressed the problem but uniquely focused more on addressing the root cause- pain management-with smart medication assisted therapy and alternative therapies to treat pain.
Mary Jane Osmick who lead PHA’s substantive work on Social Determinants of Health over the last eighteen months, convened a panel including Helene Forte, Jaan Sidorov, Elise Bowman and David Johnson showcased a multifaceted strategy aimed at taking action on SDH levers. The robust panel presentations and discussion included the overlay of SDH to the PHA Population Health Framework and concluded with recognition that addressing SDH is everyone’s job and the importance of integrating strategies to avoid gaps as well as duplication of efforts while maximizing results.
The Innovation panel moderated by Sandeep Wadwha of Solera Health including former CMS Innovation Center leader Jay Desai, Merck’s Gauvav Lal and Anil Jain from IBM did not disappoint. The team emphasized driving insights to the point of care and aligning innovation goals with company core business goals to maximize success for all.
Just when it seemed that we couldn’t create more energy in the room, Anne Marie Polak of Leavitt Partner’s gave a thought provoking state of union luncheon keynote including predictions about ACA direction pending various potential outcomes of November’s midterms. Anne Marie closed with welcomed bipartisan support for Innovation and new opportunity to advance demonstrations through CMMI.
The last session of the day was moderated by Ray Fabius beginning with a video clip greeting from Dan Buettner recorded between international flights earlier in the week highlighting sense of purpose and making the right health choices, the easy choice from his groundbreaking work on Blue Zones. Ray continued with important research documenting companies with healthier people, achieve healthier business targets. He was then joined by Mary Ann Cooney to provide insights on population health management strategies at the State and territorial level where the importance of partnerships and robust tactics were emphasized.
In addition to the tremendous content delivered by these high caliber speakers, the vibrant room with colleagues networking to share ideas and plan follow-up meetings was simply not to be missed. As I closed the meeting I reflected on the above and shared this final thought; “When you think about Population Health Management, let us recognize that PHA has built a tremendous foundation over the past 20 years, has assembled a committed and talented pool of thought leaders with execution expertise, and is well poised to create that future healthcare state- delivering value every day to those that matter most- our patients, members and consumers.”
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Chairman of the Board PHA
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