In an ideal world, all patients would have their own care managers, who could support them in their health goals and ensure that the health care they receive is coordinated, effective, and efficient.
But care management, no matter how it’s delivered, is expensive. So population health managers need to understand where to deploy their limited care management resources for the best results.
That means population health managers need to establish each patient’s current and future risk level, the root causes of the patient’s health risks, and which interventions would make the biggest impact.
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Even modest prioritization and segmentation efforts can make a difference
Analyzing an entire population and its risk factors can seem daunting. But health care providers do not require comprehensive data or world-class analytics to begin to make an impact on population health.
When we profiled leading care management organizations around the country, we found that every single one was segmenting its patient population, but they were identifying and managing population risk using tools that were simple as well as complex—sometimes as minimal as a single spreadsheet for common disease states.
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Health Care Advisory Board, Population Health Advisor, and Crimson Population Risk Management members can learn how to identify which patients are at risk, why they are at risk, and who would benefit most from intervention.
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