A new population health care model, how team functioning affects the health of patients, the factors that contribute to patient complexity, and how multistakeholder partnerships can come together to improve care are highlighted in the September issue of The American Journal of Accountable Care®.
How do clinicians and healthcare systems balance between providing population-centered care as well as patient-centered care in an era of new payment models focused on value-based care? In a paper in the current issue of The American Journal of Accountable Care® (AJAC), authors Sanjula Jain, PhD; Adam S. Wilk, PhD; Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD; and S. Patrick Hammond, MHA, propose a Population Health Care Delivery Model to guide and coordinate delivery systems across the continuum of patient care, encompassing prevention, well care, and disease management.
To overcome implementation challenges, payers, delivery systems, and clinicians must work together to align each other’s incentives, and how they do that will depend on the maturity of their operating environment as well as the organizational capacity of delivery systems, the authors write in “A Model for Delivering Population Health Across the Care Continuum.”
The theme of population health and patient-centered care is carried throughout the September issue of AJAC, with articles focused on improving the healthcare experience for both consumers and clinicians.
Other articles this month discuss trends in healthcare payment systems, “lean” improvement efforts, and the effectiveness of enhanced primary care services. AJAC, a quarter-yearly publication, is dedicated to providing a platform for healthcare professionals and organizations to share research and best practices in the realm of accountable care.
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