I was pleased to share my insights at the first Annual PHA State of Population Health event on January 27th regarding my top 5 issues for population health management heading into 2022 and what I believe are the top solution areas that will contribute to improving health, quality and affordability.
Behavioral health, including increased rates of depression, anxiety, stress and overdose
Chronic disease screening, prevention and management including diabetes, cardiac, kidney disease and cancer
Senior health and home care
Healthcare workplace shortages and burnout
Health equity and SDoH
Top Solutions across areas of need:
Continued expansion of tele-health visits with documented outcomes
Home based proactive, well-coordinated care
Digital care extenders
Friction reducing solutions for providers and teams
Strategies that address barriers to creating health equity
While we start the year in what feels like a setback, we are armed with vaccinations, rapid testing, advanced digital health technology, promising therapies and even greater resolve.
Our collective stronger resolve must be channeled to address the ongoing pandemic and the collateral damage thereof.
Consumers are suffering in many facets of their life from health and financial to disrupted careers and relationships. Previously marginalized persons have yet to recover or gain hope that there exists a path to break the cycle of poor health and poverty and many seniors are not experiencing the golden years they had anticipated. All requiring inviting, comprehensive support.
Healthcare and frontline workers have barely had a reprieve from the demands the overwhelming need imparts to them. They deserve support in the form of tools and a safe environment to do what they do best as well as understanding and recognition for what they are facing day to day.
Innovative organizations need the paths cleared to improve quality and access and mitigate compromising social factors and health disparities. In addition, a fair business model that rewards their value contributed and affords investment in tomorrow’s innovation today.
In short, the total health of individuals, the healthcare workforce and organizations must be advanced to overcome the current pandemic, dramatically rising rates of behavioral health issues, poverty, social isolation and the much needed catch-up in chronic condition prevention and treatment.
With gratefulness, humility and spirit of partnership, looking forward to doing my small part to advance the cause in 2022!
October 13, 2020 HealthCAWS CEO Rose Maljanian to host Investor’s panel “Growing and Promising Investments in the Healthcare Services Industry in Tumultuous Times” at the annual Population Health Alliance Innovation Summit and Capital Caucus October 27th, 2020. Read more.
“As we enter a new era of care delivery and coordination of care for the growing population of seniors, there are key principles informed by our past, gains we must hold, and new demands to meet as a result of the pandemic. Gratefully to all, the spirit of rapid problem solving and innovation has never been stronger to deliver the desired quality, safety, convenience and affordability for seniors to live life to their fullest potential, said Rose Maljanian Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS and Chairman Emeritus Population Health Alliance.
Under the current pandemic situation, the absolute first line of defense is to contain the crisis and protect consumers, especially the vulnerable and acutely ill at high risk for morbidity and death. As we move to the next phase of the containment effort, the population health management model instructs consumer empowerment as the mainstay.
Today, consumers, old and young are certainly more conscious of first line defense against illness – limiting exposure (distancing, good handwashing, limited sharing of personal items) and bolstering individual resistance through good nutrition, physical fitness, sleep and reduced stress. For those with underlying health issues such as diabetes, obesity, HTN, and hx respiratory illness, studies are increasing putting the spotlight on their risk and the need to vigilantly prevent or manage these conditions as real risks today, rather than something that may or may be seriously limiting later in life.
A successful Population Health Management strategy begins with leveraging all available data, including data gleaned from the consumer real-time, to understand individual risk factors and needs. Based on the insights, offer the best programs and tools to empower active consumer participation in care and ongoing self- management of their health, their risks, their conditions and where possible getting assistance to address their social factors. Early and regular measurement of individual and population success against goals and performance metrics affords organizations and individual consumers with the insight to try an alternative when one tool or combination of tools is not resulting in the best possible health and cost outcomes. Adapt, Measure, Repeat. Adapt, Measure, Repeat.
In all the chaos of COVID-19 what emerges is an opportunity for us to step up our population health management efforts –as the engage able health and life changing moment for consumers before us now is simply just too precious to waste.
#consumer engagement #population health #pha #COVID-19
Thank you to the Population Health Alliance (PHA) for recognizing my accomplishments as Chairman of the Board at the annual Innovation Summit and Capital Caucus in Washington, DC earlier this week. Great event with much discussion on the PHA Population Health Management Framework with VBC as an accountability/financial lever and addressing SDoH as the key lives lever for success all around. PHA represents a group of talented and dedicated leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem keeping the focus on what matters most-PEOPLE. Join the collective mission-together we can improve lives affordably and sustainably.
In this time of COVID 19 crisis, many consumers are confused and afraid for their health and futures. It is no wonder. The airwaves have been flooded with information, sometimes with inconsistent messaging. For the heroic providers caring for the populations on the front lines, stress could not be higher. Guidelines are evolving as our experience with this virus in a global pandemic scenario is in its infancy; we don’t know how much worse it will get in various locations; if or when there will be another wave or waves; or if this is one of many pandemics we will face in the coming years. To effectively empower consumers to take positive actions, they need the best up to date information.
As some well-meaning organizations have tried to quickly develop solutions or just contribute something, there have been some great support solutions as well as those that are less than helpful, including potentially harmful messaging or omissions. Two occurrences last week resulted in my coining the term “please COVID responsibly”. One was an okay start on a COVID APP but one that before release needs more testing, more clinical content review and a rigorous process for updates. The second was a headline of an email blast directed to individual decision making with a subject header that discouraged COVID 19 testing, albeit with some caveats for the consumer to read on and discern.
Clearly, the potential for missing information, misinformation or misinterpreted information leading to the continued spread or a life-threatening delay in treatment is real. Everything must be read and re-read through the eyes of a consumer and what action they may take or not take as a result of receiving the information. Collectively healthcare leaders can help. Look, listen and take the time to provide feedback for course correction if you believe such a risk exists. Your thoughtful feedback will go a long way in helping to protect and empower consumers while researchers continue to advance progress on vaccines, treatments and antibody testing, the CDC aggressively disseminates updated guidance, and the heroes battle the big fight on the front lines.
#COVID-19 #population health management #healthcare quality #CDC
I expect to bring clarity to what Population Health Management is and is not, highlight innovative PHM strategies to succeed in VBC and set the stage for the PHA Innovation Summit (Save the date Oct 27th).
No doubt my remarks will include:
Population Health Management is not an EHR, a Value-based contract, or an epidemiological study.
Population Health Management is understanding the needs of each individual in a defined population through smart analytics and bringing those insights to the point of care or point of daily decision making so that consumers working with their care and life teams can address barriers to achieve their personal best while avoiding unnecessary costs, inconvenience, pain and discomfort.
If you are reading between the lines correctly you guessed it: consumers own their data, what we do must be fully integrated in care and life- high tech to high touch and the levers involve addressing comprehensive needs- traditional medical, behavioral health and SDoH.
Bottom line-PHM is all about delivering consumer focused results-quality, affordability and best possible experience.
“Population Health Management, including a comprehensive and integrated strategy to address behavioral and Social Determinants of Health, is the single most important strategy to drive improvement in quality, consumer experience and cost. Addressing consumers most basic needs as part of this holistic approach must be the first step of engagement rather than an afterthought if we are to make meaningful headway in delivering value to individuals and across populations”, says Rose Maljanian, Chairman and CEO HealthCAWS and Chairman of the Board for the Population Health Alliance. Read more.