Population health management (PHM) requires collaboration between clinicians across the care continuum, much like a symphony requires coordination among multiple musicians. In the case of the orchestra, everyone has matching sheet music, ensuring consistency and harmony.
When managing your population’s health, the “sheet music” that guides a cohesive, orchestrated approach to patient care is evidence-based medicine (EBM). Traditionally, physicians making diagnoses or treatment decisions based solely upon their individual experience and education. EBM can augment the physician’s experiential background or to set standards for enterprise-wide best practices.
The whole point of PHM is to eliminate treatment variability among a group of targeted patients to ensure all members of the group receive consistent, quality care. For example, all providers can be instructed to ensure diabetic patients are receiving a regular eye exam, having their LDL checked, and taking well-proven medications. This uniform approach helps to close gaps in care while ensuring everyone is following industry best practices.
Population health is not a passing fad; rather, it is growing in importance as value-based care and CMS incentives reshape reimbursement. According to a 2015 survey conducted by HIMSS, approximately two-thirds of hospitals and health systems have a PHM initiative of some kind underway. That number doesn’t include the numerous physician-led ACOs developing PHM capabilities outside a hospital or health system.
They’re Playing Our Song
The process of establishing a PHM program—from identifying and enrolling patients to care coordination among multiple entities to measuring and reporting outcomes—can be complex and time consuming. However, Hayes streamlines the process of establishing treatment protocols by bringing a fiercely unbiased viewpoint to analyzing the efficacy of clinical approaches.
Hayes shines the light on the evidence based on extensive research into a specific topic by well-trained clinical analysts specializing in medical data. That’s why healthcare providers can rely on Hayes to provide truly unbiased information, unlike data from a vendor or association.
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