Population Health at IHI National Forum

December 10-13, 2017
Orlando, FL

Population Health is a featured topic at the 2017 National Forum, with topic-related sessions offered in a special track.

Triple Aim for Populations

Our goal: Drive the Triple Aim, simultaneously improving the health of the population, enhancing the experience and outcomes of the patient, and reducing per capita cost of care for the benefit of communities. More >>
The Triple Aim framework serves as the foundation for organizations and communities to successfully navigate the transition from a focus on health care to optimizing health for individuals and populations.

In the Spotlight

To Achieve the Triple Aim, Invest in Primary Care
This Health Affairs blog describes how the CMMI’s Comprehensive Primary Care initiative and Rhode Island’s statewide payment innovation model demonstrate how additional investment in primary care is likely to sustain transformation, improve patient outcomes, and will be cost neutral (or cost saving) overall. Necessary structural changes include improved access and continuity, planned care for chronic conditions, team-based integration of behavioral health, and care coordination across the medical neighborhood.

Behavioral and Developmental Care for Children in Rural United States
This NEJM article reports on recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings that children from small, rural communities in the US are more likely to have parent-reported mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) than those living in cities and suburbs. The authors explore ways that rural communities can improve this, such as partnering with agencies that operate in alternative settings, using telehealth services, and employing providers to deliver low-intensity care interventions. 
Interactive Tool Helps States Set Health Care Targets
The Commonwealth Fund introduced the updated 2017 edition of the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance and interactive tool. The scorecard assesses states on more than 40 indicators of health care access, quality, costs, and outcomes. The interactive tool enables states to see the gains that might be achieved by improving performance, as well as losses that might result if a state failed to sustain its performance.

What Will It Take to Make Our Care Systems More “Age-Friendly”?
In this blog post, IHI Director Leslie Pelton tells a personal story about why developing age-friendly health systems is important to patients and their families. IHI and The John A. Hartford Foundation are partnering on a new initiative that aims to spread age-friendly care to more than 1,000 systems across the US by 2020 — with the goal of ensuring satisfaction with care, decreasing common healthcare-related harms, and reducing unnecessary hospital care for older adults. 

Health Care Use by Undocumented and Mixed-Status Families in the US
This NEJM article encourages the medical and public health community to take action to address the growing barriers to utilization of health care services by immigrant communities, including using data to demonstrate worrisome utilization trends in such areas as child health, sexual and reproductive health care, timeliness of prenatal care, domestic violence reports, and hate crimes.

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