Where is population health heading?

HMT_logoConceptually, population health enjoyed a banner year of promotion and publicity as one of the newest additions to the industry lexicon.

But has its performance and practice so far kept pace with its marketing momentum? Even though some argue that it’s early, reviews largely are mixed.

So what strategies and tactics will it take for population health to progress more this year and next?

At its core, population health management redefines and redirects patient care toward keeping members as healthy as possible and minimizing the need for expensive interventions that drive “sick care,” according to Saeed Aminzadeh, CEO, Decision Point Healthcare Solutions.

To date, the main focus of healthcare organizations – including both providers and payers – has been in caring for the sick and controlling costs associated with the top 10 to 20 percent of the population,” Aminzadeh says. “For population health to progress in 2015 and beyond, there needs to be a greater focus on anticipating the future needs of specific populations, and targeting and impacting behavioral, social, economic, and clinical determinants of health outcomes at both the group and individual level. This means predicting the needs of individuals and addressing their barriers to improved health in a systematic manner.”

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