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The Jefferson Population Health Colloquium – A Full Serving of Population Health


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:

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.




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Heading to HiMSS: What I’m Looking for in Population Health – Can you wow me?

I have been to the last few HiMSS conferences and each year population health is a big topic.  It seems everyone is talking about population health. From booth to booth, the vendors discuss how they are doing population health; when in fact each of these vendors brings a potential solution to some segment of the population health ecosystem. Population health is so broad that to do it completely requires collaboration between the person, family, providers, vendors, non-profit organizations, communities and the government.

But there are unique features I’ll be looking for from vendors in this space.  I base these features off the Population Health Alliance Framework for Population Health from the Outcome Guidelines Version 6. The framework is at the bottom of this post.

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2015 PHA Forum: Where Population Health Policy, Innovation and Education Converge

You’re familiar with the term “population health” through posts, articles and discussions with peers. Now come learn how we all can effectively operate within the framework of population health and strengthen the population health management programs within our respective organizations.  I’m hoping you can join me Nov. 2-4, 2015 in Washington, DC for the Population Health Alliance (PHA) 16th annual Population Health Forum  – where population health policy, innovation and education converge.


Get the most recent population health policy updates from those directly shaping it. Participate in a lively and enlightening debate between industry veterans Al Lewis and Ron Goetzel. And, while at the nation’s epicenter of policy and politics, hear firsthand from keynote speakers Eleanor Clift and Mark Siegel how the upcoming Presidential campaign and soon-to-be-changing Administration may impact our industry.


Learn the latest technological advances, research and case studies from industry leaders who will share how participants can apply this insight in moving a population toward healthier lifestyles.


Receive continuing medical education (CME) and Continuing Education Units (CEU) units through a series of interactive workshops where the practitioners share industry best practices that participants can put to use within their own organizations.

No other conference combines fresh insight on population health policy with practical, applicable knowledge shared by the industry’s leading players. Here is a link with additional information and registration details.

I hope to see you there!

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Last day for Early Bird Registration to the PHA Forum 2014

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Whether you’re a population health provider, an ACO, provider group, health system, employer, health plan, have products or services used to support population health management or an investment firm interested in the space, you need to attend the Population Health Alliance Forum 2014 in Scottsdale Arizona December 10 – 12. At the Forum you’ll get real world information on what’s worked and what hasn’t. You’ll hear from programs and PHM services in Medicare, Medicaid, employer groups and the military.

The Forum is bringing together great speakers like Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Esther Dyson, founder of the Way to Wellville, Brian Klepper, CEO, NBCH, David Nash, MD, Dean of the School of Population Health at Jefferson and Kaveh Safavi, Global Managing Director of Health, Accenture.

Add to that great tracks on Analytics to Action, Excelling in Engagement, Powerful PHM Strategies, and Tech Touch: Strategies in mhealth and Apps.

For Employers looking at wellness and other population health programs we are offering the Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute, on December 10, and if you register for this as an employer, you can attend the rest of the conference at no additional cost.

The Forum is an incredible opportunity to learn and Network with leaders in the population health space. In fact today is the last day for early bird registration so now is the time to sign up. You can learn more about the Forum here and register by clicking on the Logo below:

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And have you seen the hotel? Think December…. think Scottsdale, great place, great time of year,

Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

Hope to see you there.

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Attended a Workplace Wellness Conference … Oy Vay!!! But there is Hope..

I recently attended a workplace wellness conference put on by a Chamber of Commerce.  The conference began with a Keynote by a Medical Director of a major health plan and then had a number of breakout sessions one could attend including:

  • Overcoming Barriers to Building a Wellness Program
  • The Business Case for a Healthy Workforce
  • The Future of Corporate Wellness
  • Best Practice for Corporate Wellness

Overall the Agenda looked very good and the speakers were key people at health plans, wellness vendors and large employers.

I was able to attend the morning keynote session and had to pick two of the breakouts, so I selected The Business Case for a Healthy Workforce and The Future of Corporate Wellness.

The keynote presentation was very well presented, entertaining and a good overview of wellness programs. Unfortunately while they discussed absenteeism and presenteeism as some of the broader values of wellness programs, they also used studies that had been walked back, claimed extremely high ROI’s  (truth be told they said it was in year 2 or 3), associated disease management and other chronic care savings with wellness program savings, made no mention of the RAND study showing a debatable ROI for wellness programs, nor did they mention the new article in the American Journal of Health Promotion entitled:

The Relationship Between Return on Investment and Quality of Study Methodology in Workplace Health Promotion Programs

This article looked at savings as related to study design and found that as the study design became more rigorous, the ROI or medical savings dropped to a net loss in the gold standard of Random Control Trial. To say the least I was a bit surprised.

The panels were even worse.

In the Business Case for a Healthy Workforce, none of the panelists had any data from their programs, nor did they refer to any studies, they just stated that “wellness saves money” and most of the comments were simple ideas like, “get the CEO involved”, “build a culture of health”, “start simple”, and had no discussion on how to do these things or build evidence based programs (a phrase I never heard at the conference).

The last panel I attended was The Future of Corporate Wellness.  A potentially great topic with a tremendous amount of exciting innovation going on: mHealth, Big Data, predictive analytics, machine learning, better behavioral approaches, incentive and plan design, gamification, integration with providers, on site clinics, collaboration, and on and on.

This panel unfortunately was moderated by someone who began by stating that “(he) had no background in healthcare, but fortunately we have a panel of experts.”  Here to the answers from the experts were sweet with no substance.

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