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    Small practices can have big impact on population health programs

    According to a new report, small medical practices can play a major role in improving population health in the communities they serve.

    Alison Rein, MS, senior director at AcademyHealth, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the use of evidence in policy and practice, recently authored the report, published in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

    The report, Toward Data-Driven, Cross-Sector, and Community-Led Transformation: An Environmental Scan of Select Programs, examined 17 programs across the country attempting to build the capacity at the community level to improve population health.

    In her assessment, Rein said healthcare stakeholders are adjusting to “a tremendous period of change,” as they manage and make decisions toward advancing value-based payment models that require new initiatives designed to improve the way care is delivered and paid for.

    In this era of healthcare transformation, small practice physicians, who want to participate in population health programs to receive payment incentives from health insurers, will have to account for the ways in which they have improved patient outcomes.

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