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Fundamental Population Health Tools and Technology

Population health can be difficult to manage, as it covers a large number of people and health needs. Fortunately, many helpful technologies exist that keep things under control. When managing population health, it’s important to note that multiple tools and types of technology need to be used to, as one size does not fit all. There are two tools that are effective for two reasons: managing daily operations for providers and patients, and seeing the outcomes. Here are the two tools needed for fundamental population health management.

Health Information Exchange

Health Information Exchange, or HIE for short, goes hand-in-hand with data analytics. This enables interoperability, or the method in which healthcare organizations and hospitals transmit data between one another. HIE is key for healthcare professionals to receive patient data and also to understand any recent developments. Being able to easily access this data benefits population health because of how quickly and simply a healthcare provider can send important information over to a hospital. This way, patients can receive the care they need without having to explain their troubles among the healthcare organizations they use.. HIE is continuously improving and healthcare professionals are taking advantage of its benefits.

Customer Relationship Management

Often referred to as CRM, these tools house performance metrics and credential information for healthcare providers. These allow for more effective communication between providers and their patients. Healthcare providers using CRM systems are able to personalize and educational and motivational messaging to engage patients. CRM systems work together with marketing because they are related to the hospital or healthcare provider’s messaging and the way they reach their patients or prospective patients. Population health and marketing teams are able to work together to come up with the best population health management communication strategies.

Managing population health can be done most effectively when using the right tools and technology. At Catholic Benefits Trust, we understand how useful these technologies are and how they work to benefit patients everywhere. Some of our benefits for members include valuable benchmark data, lower fixed costs, asset protection, and flexibility in choosing the right plan for your employees. Contact us today for more information on our plans and how we can help you.

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Population Health Management Strategies that Work

simple population health management strategies to tryMost organizations can benefit from implementing population health management strategies. Population health management focuses on preventative medicine and treatment for patients. The goal of population health is to address potential health problems before they become major financial burdens. Switching to a population health management infrastructure isn’t a simple process though. While it is cost-effective in the long run, it may seem intimidating at first. Here are a few ways to test a population health management strategy before making a final decision and a big transformation:

1. Diabetes Education

As one of the most expensive chronic diseases in the US, diabetes is often underdiagnosed. Frequently, problems caused by diabetes could be prevented. This is where population health comes in. Offering diabetes education is a simple way to implement a population health strategy. All you have to do is take a few extra minutes with diabetic patients and assess their literacy level when it comes to understanding their disease. The more informed they are about diabetes, the more likely they are to follow their treatment plans.

2. Mental Health Screenings

Incorporating screenings for mental health is another simple way to start introducing population health management into your organization. You can include questions about mental health during regular primary care visits. Noticing the symptoms and getting ahead of mental health issues will prevent problems from escalating and becoming more expensive in the future.

3. Patient Data

Collecting demographic data and taking patient lifestyles into consideration when providing treatment options is another small way to adopt population health management. When you look at where your patients live and work, you learn more about how their lifestyles impact their health. For example, understanding the communities your patients live in will give you insight into their poverty level, education level, and employment status, which can impact their wellness choices.

At the Catholic Benefits Trust, you can learn more about population health management and how we incorporate value-based care models into our strategy. As a CBT partner, you will have access to our healthcare resources as well as several other advantages including nurse advocates and a seat on our Board of Directors. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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3 Ways To Get Cost-Effective Benefits

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Health insurance rates are still on the rise despite recent legislation making it more accessible to a larger population of people. Staying on top of increasing rates is a major obstacle nonprofit organizations and employers must face. So, what can you do to cut costs while maintaining decent health care services for your employees? Here are a few ways employers can start saving:

  • Invest in Employee Wellness

Helping your employees develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle now will save your organization money in the future. It’s estimated that 60-75% of healthcare expenses in the U.S. could have been avoided with better lifestyle choices. For example, encouraging employees to quit using tobacco is one way a wellness program can effectively help your employees while also cutting health costs.

  • Consider a Private Plan Exchanges

You also have the option of a plan-exchange approach. Nonprofits can work with a private health insurance exchange to select a plan that meets their needs. A private exchange collects a limited number of plans from different commercial insurers. While there aren’t as many options in a private exchange, it makes certain commercial plans more accessible to nonprofits.

  • Opt for Self-Insurance

Instead of purchasing a fully-insured plan from an insurance carrier, you can save money by outsourcing administrative services. These self-insured plans allow employers to have more flexibility when it comes to plan design and savings. Outsourcing services such as claims processing and provider networks will let you select an insurance partner who will work with you to cut costs. Partnering with a trusted organization that shares similar values is a great way for self-insured employers to mitigate risk while navigating the options flexible plan design allows.

Partnering with an organization such as Catholic Benefits Trust will guarantee you access to certain member benefits. At CBT, we offer legal protection of employee benefit funds as well as secure management and analysis of medical data. With years of experience, expertise, and Catholic values, our benefits and services will provide your nonprofit the guidance you need to find a flexible plan that works for you. As a member of CBT, your organization will also join the CBT Board of Directors where all major decisions are made. You won’t find that kind of control anywhere else.

Contact us today to find out if the Catholic Benefits Trust is right for you!

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Population Health Management

population health management challenges and advantagesMany have recognized that population health is the next step in the advancement of healthcare management. Unfortunately, developing a sustainable population health management strategy requires overcoming several challenges. Not all providers have access to the necessary technology and other resources required to establish an effective strategy.

What Is Population Health?

Population health focuses on preventing health problems before they require more financially-draining treatment solutions. It could mean instigating a wellness program or a treatment plan designed to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles. But simply hosting a wellness program isn’t enough. Population health management also means keeping track of patients and participants data for research and analysis. The aggregation of patient data into a single place for everyone to access and assess could lead to superior health and treatment solutions.

The Challenges of Population Health

Enabling strong communication amongst health professionals and providers is one of the biggest challenges of population health management. Physicians have been trained to diagnose and treat their patients in a single-minded fashion. Part of the new strategy requires experts to consider their patients more holistically. They would need to go beyond the traditional two-step process to collaborate with other professionals and consider other factors in their patients lives such as environment or occupation.

The effective and sustainable aggregation of patient data is another challenge to overcome when it comes to population health management. Having basic electronic health records isn’t always sufficient for high-level analytics required to develop effective health initiatives.

In order to transition to an effective population health management strategy, we have to develop a new culture in healthcare to encapsulate the needs of patients in alignment with this strategy. This involves training medical professionals and staff to adapt to a new system where the goal is to focus on the patient instead of the diagnosis. This evolving healthcare strategy wouldn’t be possible without modern technology. The infrastructure of population health management needs sophisticated platforms for aggregating and interpreting patient data.

The advantages to adopting population health management far outweigh the challenges. Population health would improve patient care while saving money and valuable resources to the benefit of patients, physicians, and providers. You can contact us to find out how the Catholic Benefits Trust is working to change our culture to encompass population health.

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