There are five best practices that physicians should follow as they redesign their practice to effectively embark on population health projects, according to a report from IDC Health Insights, a division of Framingham, Mass.-based IDC Research Inc.
These five best practices, which include everything from recruiting the right people to introducing new processes and managing the data, are outlined in a six-page document, “Practices for Operationalizing Population Health Management,” which provides guidance for large and small practices alike as they address these challenges.
The report’s author, Cynthia Burghard, research director at IDC Health Insights, recently interviewed approximately 20 leading executives managing population health initiatives at large physician group practices to find out what strategies they are using to manage specific patient populations.
“What I found during these discussions is that the challenge many organizations face as they adopt population health at their practice was they thought they could buy a piece of technology and hire a care manager and do nothing else,” Burghard said.
Burghard told Medical Economics that small practices can learn a lot from the lessons that larger practices have gained as they attempt to fine tune their population health programs with the right processes, technology and skilled staff to address the complexities of managing large groups of patients.