Healthcare execs weigh benefits of population health

Healthcare executives saw cost as the biggest challenge in implementing population health management programs, according to a survey from audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG.

These programs aim to improve collaboration and integration, but usually require investment in health IT and data and analytics tools. However, most of the executives surveyed expect a return on investment in the next four years.

Nearly 300 executives responded to the survey, anticipating the following key benefits of population health programs.

  • 36 percent of respondents said preventive care will be the biggest benefit of population health management.
  • 23 percent anticipate the biggest benefit to be developing evidence-based clinical strategies to improve efficiency.
  • 21 percent said the biggest benefit will be managing chronic disease.
  • 19 percent said it will be developing strategies to improve the quality of care.

Respondents reported the following challenges in implementing population health programs.

  • 42 percent thought cost was the biggest challenge.
  • 28 percent found transitioning staff and physicians to new population health programs to be the biggest challenge.
  • 19 percent said interoperability of their programs with other providers posed the greatest challenge.
  • 14 percent said coming to terms with new payer relationships was the biggest challenge.

Of the executives surveyed, 24 percent reported having a mature population health program at their organization, 38 percent are in the elementary implementation stages, 23 have programs in their infancy and 15 percent do not have population health programs.

 

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