Care Transformation Center Blog

The insights, tools, and resources you need to take on population health management

Here's what non-provider population health donors wish you knew

by Darby Sullivan and Tomi Ogundimu September 6, 2018

It's a difficult reality—much of population health department funding relies on external, private donors. Since the most obvious returns for investing in non-traditional, community-based interventions (e.g., housing) do not impact an organization's bottom line revenue, population health leaders must become savvy in using grants to ensure financial longevity. But for some organizations, creating an external funding strategy is still a guessing game and relies mostly on funding from government and other grants.

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Genomic medicine marks a new era for health care. Here are the 3 questions pharmacy leaders should ask—and answers they need.

by Gina Lohr and Colleen Keenan August 28, 2018

Health care is moving beyond the standard pill or IV as the primary form of medicine and into a new world of molecular medicine. Gene therapies reprogram patients' biology; nanotechnologies manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic scale; and robotics and artificial intelligence create greater than human capabilities.

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Here's how 4 organizations are leveraging IT to address social determinants of health

Petra Esseling , Peter Kilbridge August 23, 2018

Editor's Note: This blog is a rebroadcast of Here's how 4 organizations are leveraging IT to address social determinants of health, originally posted by Andrew Rebhan and Peter Kilbridge.

On Tuesday, I shared a table outlining key social determinants of health to prioritize for population health programming. When it comes to program development, knowing where to focus is only half the battle—actually identifying patients in need is the other. IT plays a critical role for providers to manage social determinants of health in their patient populations.

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The 3 non-clinical investments that deliver the highest 'bang for your buck'

Petra Esseling , Tomi Ogundimu August 21, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated on August 23, 2018.

There are close to 30 widely accepted social determinants of health, and they are highly intertwined. But provider organizations often lack the time and resources to address them all, so any efforts must be strategically prioritized.

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Population Health Advisor's responses to the top questions of early summer 2018

by Andrew McGrath and Tomi Ogundimu August 14, 2018

Across the spring and early summer of 2018, our Population Health Advisor experts received and answered more than 240 questions on care delivery transformation. At the top of your peers' minds: How to address chronic diseases and the psychosocial needs that complicate their care.

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Medicaid margins are eroding. Here's how to protect your organization and your patients.

Petra Esseling , Gillian Michaelson , Natalie Trebes , Sarah O'Hara August 9, 2018

Managing Medicaid patients is tougher than ever before as expenses have started to outpace revenue. While Medicaid expansions have led to less uncompensated care, providers are spending more on higher-cost services for their aging Medicaid populations—services that aren't adequately reimbursed.

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70% of physicians still prefer fee-for-service—here are 3 ways to win their buy-in on value-based care

by Clare Wirth and Tomi Ogundimu August 7, 2018

Editor's Note: This blog is a rebroadcast of How to get physicians on board with your accountable care goals—in 3 steps, originally posted by Alicia Daugherty and Dhananjai Seth. This rebroadcast is tailored for population health leaders.

Physician buy-in is critical to succeed under value-based care arrangements. However, many physicians doubt that their organization is prepared to shift to value-based care, and half of physicians actually believe that capitation reduces quality.

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Nearly half of Americans are lonely. Here's how leading organizations are responding.

by Clare Wirth and Tomi Ogundimu July 31, 2018

Decades of research substantiate the devastating effects of social isolation. Loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of death by 26-45%, which is on par with risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise.

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