Loehrer S, Lewis N, Bogan M. Improving the health of populations: A common language is key. Healthcare Executive. 2016 Mar;31(2):82-83.
With the rapid growth of accountable care organizations, health care delivery organizations are expanding their scope of accountability and changing how they identify and define their immediate goals and longer-term aspirations. Yet the terms to describe this approach — “population health” and “population management” — are often used interchangeably. This article makes the case that a common language is needed, provides clarification around terminology, and offers five questions for health care leaders to explore this broader approach to improve health outcomes for a large population.