As health care delivery and reimbursement shifts from a volume-based to a value-based business model, providers need to deliver the best possible quality, outcomes and access for the lowest possible cost. Population health initiatives take that perspective further, focusing on the integrated health care needs of specific populations.

Successful integrated health care ventures can not only improve accessibility of care, quality and satisfaction, but also reduce duplication of efforts and costs. 

Recent health care reform initiatives have focused on the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to deliver integrated care. A model that works for providers, payers and patients alike requires a significant shift in mindset. Four key pillars — strategy creation, network development, practice transformation and care coordination — can help health care leaders successfully make the transition.

To learn more about the four pillar approach to population health management, download the full article published in Population Health News

John Wallace

About the author

John Wallace has extensive experience developing and implementing value-based payment models, working with physicians, hospitals and payers nationwide to deliver cost effective, high quality care for patients. A member of McKesson’s executive leadership team, he has responsibility for development of accountable care models, programming and delivery. His ACO expertise includes strategic planning, business development, joint ventures, group practice leadership, risk model development and operational integration.