Ten Population Health Trends to Watch for in 2016

January 19, 2016 Joe Damore

How can we directly improve the overall health of communities? The healthcare industry has been trying to get to the root of that question for several years, and we are just at the beginning of this transformation to value based care and payment. Recent reports predict the population health management market will double in size to $31.9 billion by 2020. How much of that growth will we see in 2016? And what new trends can we expect?

In my new e-book, Ten Population Health Trends to Watch for in 2016, I share the top trends I expect to see in population health over the next 12 months.

Here is a sneak peek:

Trend #1:

The 2016 Election – The November election will be an important event in determining the role of the government in healthcare for the next four years, but will not likely change the path to value-based payment.

The election will help craft whether there will be more rapid growth of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) (Democratic administration) or Medicare Advantage (Republican administration).

The election results will likely have an impact on the degree of flexibility that the states have in their Medicaid value-based delivery and payment reform efforts.

Trend #2:

State Medicaid Reform – Additional states are going to seek 1115 Waivers to implement new Medicaid value based payment models  – like accountable care organizations (ACOs), Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP), Episode of Care, etc. – which are saving significant dollars and improving quality and health in several of the early adopter states such as Oregon, Arkansas, etc.

This experience is especially occurring in models that align incentives to reduce the use of the most expensive locations for care (hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc.) and in reducing potential preventable conditions.

What other major trends can you expect to see in population health in 2016? Download the free e-book and find out.

Author information

Joe Damore

Joe Damore

Vice president, population health management at Premier, Inc.

I’m a population health expert who helps organizations manage the transformation to population health. When I’m not working, you’ll find me reading, playing golf, exercising and traveling. Connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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