Addressing health disparities: 3 lessons from community health centers (published by Becker's Hospital Review) — As hospitals work to transition from the traditional model of service provision to meeting the requirements initiated by the Affordable Care Act, an examination of community health centers can point hospital executives to promising practices that can save them time and many sleepless nights.
Improving Population Health by Working with Communities: Action Guide 3.0 (published by the National Quality Forum) — The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success and using the related resources as needed.
CMS Seeks Providers for Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (published by HealthITAnalytics, coverage of CMS press release) — CMS has opened applications to the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus delivery model, which emphasizes the importance of chronic disease management and population health management.
High-Risk Pools For Uninsurable Individuals (published by Kaiser Family Foundation) — In the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), proposals have emerged that would repeal or weaken rules prohibiting health insurance discrimination based on health status, instead offering high-risk pools as a source of coverage for people who would be uninsurable due to pre-existing conditions.
Celebrating National Health Center Week: 8 Important Statistics (published by Avanza) —National Health Center Week took place August 7-13. Here are eight statistics about health centers and the people they serve.
Theater A Key Piece of Kaiser's Population Health Strategy (published by H&HN) — Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theater troupe will soon be visiting schools to educate and entertain thousands of kids. The free program, which has been around for 30 years and served nearly 7 million children since its launch, utilizes community needs assessments and Kaiser's extensive collection of health data to design theatrical performances that address the most pressing health needs for kids grades K-12 and their families in at-risk situations.
Baltimore's population health 'moonshot' aims at racial disparities (published by MedCity News) — Baltimore officials presented a 10-year plan that sharply highlights the poor health status of African-Americans and aims to bring black rates of lead poisoning, heart disease, obesity, smoking and overdoses more in line with those of whites. "Our moonshot is we want to cut health disparities by half in the next 10 years."
Your population health efforts should focus on primary care first (published by Becker's Hospital Review) — The focus of population health efforts to date have been risk identification and stratification. Those two capabilities are, indeed, critical to improving the health of your populations. But they are only one part of a much bigger puzzle, and it's time for healthcare executives to focus on the big picture.
5 steps to a successful population health framework (published by Healthcare IT News) — How should population health look and work? There's a five-step process to getting there, said Michael Dulin, MD, director of the academy for population health innovation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
EHRs hold population health management promise (published by Medical Economics) — EHRs hold the promise of helping primary care physicians and their staff execute population health management programs at a level they couldn't undertake without technology.