Population Health Management

Population Health Management (PHM) is a systematic way of managing personal health behavior to improve the overall health of a specific population.  It sounds a lot like the generally unsuccessful Managed Care and HMO initiatives of the 80’s and 90’s, and in some respect, it is similar.  So why should we expect it to work now when it failed miserably in the 80’s and 90’s?  The answer is in the Affordable Care Act initiatives, CMS (Medicare) risk shifting initiatives with providers, a population that is much more focused on wellness than previous generations, and the availability of Population Health Management tools to make all of the moving parts come together. Continue reading