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Healthcare provider organizations have increased their embrace of population health management, according to HealthLeaders Media research. How they approach population health is strongly connected to leaders' strategic vision. One route is a clinical integration strategy, another to receive funding from federal programs, such as Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment. The choice of strategic pathways determines how a provider organization builds and executes a population health strategy, and is tightly bound with the governance process. Organizations are at...

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What does patient engagement really mean today? As patients take a more active role in managing their own health, healthcare organizations are challenged to enact strategies that improve customer loyalty. Increasingly, that challenge can be met with an infrastructure that encourages wellness and appropriate utilization built from sharing transparent information with patients about your organization's outcomes and expertise. Patients want a partner in their healthcare decision-making that is focused on what's right for them. At the same time, healthcare...

With the shift from volume to value in healthcare, efficiency gains and a widening scope of responsibility are transforming revenue cycle operations. Health system revenue cycle teams are deploying several strategies to maximize revenue in financially lean value-based business models, such as building strong financial relationships with patients to boost point-of-service and billing collections. Information technology is playing a key role in the transformation process.

Fee-for-service revenue remains dominant among healthcare provider organizations, but leaders expect a shift to value-based payment models over the next few years. They are testing models such as shared savings, bundled payments, and shared risk. The true degree of risk in these arrangements is unknown, as are the specific outcomes of the different models. Financial executives are challenged to make the right bets and to be sure their organizations have the necessary skills. The coming years are a bridge between the fee-for-service present and the pay-for-...

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