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    Study: Healthcare organizations remain committed to population health

    A majority of healthcare executives believe population health will contribute to their future success, adding that it presents an important opportunity to control clinical costs, enhance the quality of care and improve patient outcomes, according to a new study.

    The State of Population Health survey, published by Numerof and Associates, a healthcare research and consulting firm, relied on responses from 537 executives at healthcare systems, hospitals, academic medical centers and physician groups. Participants assessed their progress and the challenges they face as they implement population health initiatives.

    The survey found that 95% of respondents rated population health as moderately or critically important, with 43% saying it is critically important to their future success.  A majority of respondents (74%) said their organization has a designated division, department or institute for population health programs, and 64% said their organization has a formal process for working with physicians who are outliers on cost and quality. Another 53% said physician payment is at least partially based on the ability to manage variation in cost and quality.

    There are multiple reasons to pursue population health, but the greatest driver for its adoption, according to 99% of respondents, is the opportunity to control clinical costs, quality and outcomes. The second driver identified by respondents is programs undertaken that include performance-based financial incentives (96%). In third place (95%) is the recognition that the current fee-for-service model won’t last forever.

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