10 Things to Know About Population Health Management in 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

A population-based approach to health and care management is sustainable, say 96 percent of respondents to the latest Population Health Management (PHM) Survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, with home visits and social media expanding PHM’s reach along the care continuum.

In the two years since HIN last administered this survey, PHM teams have narrowed their approach, targeting individuals with moderate and complex health risks more closely than two years ago. The same period reflects a dramatic surge in the use of data analytics tools barely on PHM’s radar in 2012.

Here are more metrics derived from the 2014 Population Health Management survey:

  • The use of health risk assessments (HRAs), registries and biometric screenings more than tripled in the last 24 months, while electronic health record (EHR) applications increased five-fold for the same period.
  • PHM team composition has also shifted to reflect a greater reliance on primary care: primary care physicians (PCPs) appeared on 86 percent of respondents’ PHM teams, versus 60 percent in 2012.
  • „The prevalence of population health management programs remained relatively stable from 2012 to 2014, with just over half of respondents reporting PHM initiatives.
  • „„Almost two-thirds of 2014 respondents—64 percent—identified the HRA as the primary tool for determining appropriate PHM intervention levels, replacing claims data, the preferred stratification tool in 2012.
  • „„Almost one-third of responding PHM programs belong to a medical neighborhood, a new metric derived from this year’s survey.
  • „The use of remote patient monitoring in PHM nearly tripled from 2012 to 2014—from 13 percent to 38 percent.
  • One-quarter of PHM programs use social media to engage members, a new metric derived from the 2014 survey.
  • „„In a PHM metric new for 2014, 43 percent of PHM programs incorporate home visits into population health management plans.
  • Patient satisfaction is the key metric to evaluate PHM success, say 79 percent of respondents.

Source: 2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health Management

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2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health Management
Delivers an in-depth analysis of population health management (PHM) trends at 129 healthcare organizations, including prevalence of PHM initiatives, program components, professionals on the PHM team, incentives, challenges and ROI.

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