Children’s Hospital Association Presentation Recap: Population Health through Value-Guided Care

By Moshe Starkman, Senior Director, Value-Based Reimbursements | Posted: 01/20/2020

Value Based Care through health information management solutions

In a recent nThrive webinar, Moshe Starkman, Senior Director, Value-Based Reimbursements at nThrive, discussed how to achieve enhanced population health through value-guided care.

Defining Population Health

“Population Health” has remained an enigmatic term in health care, often used to create intrigue but lacking the substance necessary to command true meaning. 1It is such a broad term that it has been difficult to narrow it down in specific research or policy. Population Health facilitates integration of knowledge across many factors that influence health and health outcomes.

The Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] (CDC) defines population health as, 1“the distribution of health outcomes within a population, the range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence the distribution of health outcomes, and the policies and interventions that affect those factors.” 2If the population was relatively healthy, which the minority of the population is much less healthy, such differences would be eliminated or at least substantially reduced. 1Population Health brings health concerns to the forefront and provides resources to help overcome problems that drive poor health conditions within the population.

Population Health vs Public Health

1Population Health and public health are two different things. Population Health allows health care systems and organizations to work together to improve health outcomes within the community they serve. Whereas public health protects the health of communities through policy recommendations, health education and outreach, and research for disease detection and injury prevention.

What is “Value”?

Using the Lean Six Sigma definition of Value we can break down each step over the course of a patient’s care into one of three categories:

  • Value-added: a beneficiary wants it; the service “does something”; it is done right the first time.
  • Non-value Added (NVA): something not wanted, needed, unimpactful, or; done incorrectly.
  • Business Non-Value Added (BNVA): necessary for regulatory compliance and or safety.

With the demand for greater insight into our health care analytics data today, we must utilize innovative health information technology and analytics in order to provide value in a patient’s experience. Value-based care solutions from nThrive are the driver for technology investments. Costs are reduced, patient access is increased, outcomes are improved and health IT and reliable data CDI and ICD-10 are made stronger.

Why Population Health Now?

Information is accessible now more than ever before through cloud-technology advances and cyber security improvements. With strong health information technology and powerful value-based health care analytics, Population Health is enabling care providers to access important patient information from many secure health records as well as enabling patients to access their health information on their own.

Change is not easy, but with good planning, clear and meaningful communication, and a managed execution, it can be done with excellence and move your health care organization towards value-based care.

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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2Improving Population Health