Population Health Techniques Crucial for Reducing Costs, Improving Quality
Published By : 07 May 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Providing financial incentives by means of payment reforms can boost care coordination among patients across rival health care companies and also increase the pace of evolution when it comes to population health, stated thee of the topmost physician leaders in a panel discussion held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit on Thursday.
The three physicians were Tom Simmer, chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan based in Detroit, Herman Gray, executive vice president of the pediatric wing at the Detroit Medical Center, and Bruce Muma, chief medical officer with Henry Ford Physician Network based in Detroit. The physicians told the audience of around 200 people that the management of care by means of population health techniques was the most important key to reducing costs and improving overall quality.
The health care executives said that improving the health of populations was largely dependent on collecting medical data, keeping track of and maintaining the quality of the services provided to them, and the kind of treatment given to all the patients, not considering the facility where they received care. Delivering this actionable information to the correct provider was just as crucial to improving the health of the people.
The hour long discussion was moderated by manager of editorial programs with Modern Healthcare magazine Maureen McKinney. Modern Healthcare, the organizer of the panel discussion, is a sister publication of Crain’s Detroit Business. The event was sponsored by Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford, and Conifer Health Solutions.