The Business of Population Health Management

The Gesundes Kinzigtal Care Model

In 2006 in the Kinzig Valley, Germany, a physician group wanted to provide more integrated care for the local population. They partnered with a management company to take advantage of new government incentives. This team—called Gesundes Kinzigtal—entered into a joint risk-sharing agreement with two health insurance funds to manage the funds' insured populations.

They made careful investments in health IT, gained buy-in from providers, paid for preventive care, and optimized services for distinct segments of the population. They also made the program attractive enough for patients to join voluntarily. In short, they aligned incentives in order to make population health management appealing to all involved.

The results: In 2014 alone, Gesundes Kinzigtal realized €5.5M ($6.3M) in savings for the insured population compared to risk-adjusted normal costs of care in Germany. They reduced hospital days and reduced medication costs, increased life expectancy among enrollees by 1.2 years, improved patient access, and attained customer satisfaction rates of 94%. Learn more about the Gesundes Kinzigtal care model and how they achieved these results in this international case study.

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