Tips for Managing Populations in Post-Acute Care

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Ready or not, the impact that post-acute care has on managing population health is here and it’s real. The questions you need to ask yourself and your organization is, “How do we define population health? How much risk are we willing to take on? And, do we have the right technology and resources to analyze data to proactively manage care and measure outcomes?” To become a key player in managing population health, consider these factors to see if your organization is ready to take the first steps in the journey towards true population health management.

  1. Fully implement an electronic health record (EHR) solution that will:
    • Manage, exchange and provide data for reporting.
    • Support direct messaging between users to effectively utilize and record communication.
    • Provide streamlined workflows with alerts for staff to gain real-time notification of vital information for insight into effective care management.
  2. Get connected.
    • Establish key relationships with multi-faceted provider partners to form an integrated and complete care network that allows open collaboration for care coordination.
    • Connect digitally with partners to fully allow data exchange resulting in care coordination and collaboration.
    • Go mobile to allow staff flexibility to record and receive important patient records while providing care in any setting.
  3. Determine the initial population to follow.
    • Identify populations and their unique needs and challenges.
    • Compare the group’s characteristics with that of the general population to help determine steps towards preventative care.
  4. Measure success and fine tune program.
    • Utilize data to measure successful outcomes and manage gaps in care.
    • Without population health measurement, management cannot occur. Success would be limited without effective measurement.

All communities across the care spectrum play a vital role in how population health factors are identified and addressed, including post-acute providers. It’s about finding the perfect balance between managing care and comparing data quickly and efficiently. Truly pursuing success in population health requires more than a basic EHR, it requires a solid community of care partnership that supports a variety of services in addition to the right technology with robust care management and reporting features to proactively manage care. Is your organization ready?