I recently wrote a Guest Blog Post for Hiking Trails for America and the Friends of the Florida Trail. I have been on the Board of Friends of the Florida Trail since its founding by Jim Kern. Jim is the founder of the Florida Trail and a number of non-profit hiking organizations. His mission now is to complete the 10 National Scenic Trails that still have gaps or unprotected sections. You can help support our efforts by signing the petition. There are many health benefits to getting out into nature and this Guest Post documents a few.
Here’s a picture from my recent trip along the Suwannee River on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Click on it to read the Post and please sign the petition. Thanks!!
Population Health continues to be a major buzzword around the healthcare industry. At the recent HiMSS 17 conference in Orlando the talk of population health was everywhere from the vendor booths to the presentations, but where does one turn to get more than just the IT focus of population health? Where can one get a sense of the breadth and depth of population health from operations to policy, current status to future state, provider implementations, data and analytics, patient engagement, in the weeds medication adherence and wearables to large community based initiatives? In other words where can one find a full serving of all that population health is?
That place is the Jefferson Population Health Colloquium, also in its 17th year.
This year’s event features keynotes ranging from the Future of Managed Care to Good Health is Good Business: The Results of an Innovative Alignment with Physicians and Communities.
Here are just a few of the many leaders providing keynotes this year include:
- Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA
- Marilyn Tavenner
Chief Executive Officer, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Washington, DC
- Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP
President and Chief Executive Officer, AcademyHealth, Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Washington, DC
- Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD
Founder and Director, MIT AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
- Allison Brennan, MPP
Vice President of Policy, National Association of ACOs, Washington, DC
The balance of keynotes can be found on the program Agenda. The range and diversity topics covered is impressive.
Digging deeper into the Colloquium’s agenda we find ‘mini-summits‘ and ‘concurrent sessions’ on day two covering the following topics:
And concurrent sessions:
The most difficult part of this conference is deciding which sessions to attend. The complete agenda is available here, and a direct registration link for full details, here.
Also on Day two will be the awarding of the Hearst Health Prize For Excellence in Population Health now in its second year, this $100,000 prize goes to……..? Check out last year’s debrief of the winner ‘Community Care of North Carolina‘.
Tuesday evening closes with an optional dinner session, but one definitely worth attending to hear from Michael Dowling and Dr. Stephen Klasko on a panel moderated by David Nash MD, MBA. This interesting and informative panel will discuss The Future of Clinically Integrated Networks a critically important component of creating a better health system and integrating population health.
I hope to see you there.
Over the years as an HMO executive and later founding a disease management and Healthcare IT company, I have analyzed a lot of medical claims and quality data. One of the largest was an analysis of a State Medicaid program with about 675,000 beneficiary lives with two years of inpatient, outpatient and pharmacy claims. The pharmacy file alone contained about 15 million prescription fills.
More recently I became certified as a Professional by the Care Innovations Validation Institute and sit on their Advisory Board. This certification tested my ability to look at data and decide whether the outcomes reported were likely to be valid or not. As you look for vendors or consultants I would suggest you start with the Validation Institute. The following example is a good reason why.
Cruising around the web looking at various healthcare consulting firms and company websites I came across a company that is targeting employers and claims they have vetted and can bring in vendors to lower the costs for a company’s self funded health plan. Their website says they can identify, evaluate, oversee, manage and report on the vendors they propose.
On their home page is a chart used to show the savings an employer can expect to see by implementing their various cost saving approaches. Can you spot the flaw(s)?
Let’s start with the first and most glaring error and its on the first line. Continue reading
So where do we go with our healthcare system under the new administration? Will we move to Alternative Payment Models or will FFS continue? A recent study showed that bundled payments for orthopedic joint replacement appeared to be working at lowering costs while maintaining quality.
At the same time, it seems that Dr. Tom Price, the nominee for Secretary of HHS is not a fan of bundled payment.
Along with Gregg Masters and Doug Goldstein, we’ll be exploring some of these and many other issues about the next phase of healthcare reform during the coming months on PopHealth Week.
Let us know what you think.
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