Care Continuum Alliance Learning Events Explore Intersection of Population Health Management and New Models of Accountable Care

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Two-Part Webinar Series and Live Symposium in San Francisco Sept. 6 and 7 Demonstrate Value of Population Health Management Tools and Resources to Providers

Caring for patient populations is new territory for many providers gearing up to take the lead in emerging accountable care models. In a new online and onsite learning series, the Care Continuum Alliance will demonstrate how population health management strategies and tools can support success in accountable care.

Two webinars and a live conference Sept. 6 and 7 will showcase proven wellness and health management tools and resources--long recognized for their value in the employer health benefits arena--for physicians, physician groups, hospitals and others pursuing success in this new care model.

The Care Continuum Alliance, a 200-member industry association for wellness, prevention and health management, today announced that David K. Nace, MD, Vice President, Medical Director, McKesson Corp., will chair the webinar portion of the learning series, "Realizing the Potential: Improving Population Health in Accountable Care." The series will kick off with two webinars and culminate with two half-day learning sessions immediately preceding the Care Continuum Alliance's annual meeting, The Forum 11, Sept. 7-9 in San Francisco.

"Primary care practices and hospitals will form the nexus for accountable care models, and will need resources and proven methods for assessing patient populations, stratifying population health risk, structuring successful solutions and measuring and reporting outcomes," said Care Continuum Alliance President and CEO Tracey Moorhead. "The population health management industry is poised to support the work of providers, and can offer the ready resources for data analytics and data integration that will be demanded for success in these new models."

Earlier this year, the Care Continuum Alliance published a toolkit on population health management resources for accountable care organizations--its initial offering in the broader initiative now continuing with the learning series. The toolkit is available as a free download from the Care Continuum Alliance website, http://www.carecontinuum.org.

The learning series features two initial webinars:

  • "Realizing the Potential: Assessment and Stratification Tools for Accountable Care Populations," July 28, 2011, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT, featuring Dr. Nace and Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, Managing Director, Health Care Finance Reform, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, the Brookings Institution; and
  • "Provider Strategies for Population Health in Accountable Care: Implementing Solutions, Measuring & Reporting," Aug. 9, 2011, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT, featuring Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO, eHealth Initiative and Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Director, Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies; Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Reuters.

"Recognizing that new accountable care models require physicians and other providers to understand the risk and manage the health of their patient populations is key to understanding the potential for improved outcomes and lower costs in a transformed health care environment," said Dr. Nace, who also serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors, and Co-Chair, Center for eHealth, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. "As physicians adapt their practices to this new mindset, they will be challenged with finding the appropriate resources to meet these needs. This learning series will provide important insight into population health management and the role this sector can play to support providers and their patients going forward."

A high-level slate of speakers will present cases studies on a variety of topics during two half-day meetings at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. For more information and to register for the webinar series, go to http://www.carecontinuum.org/events_AC_series.asp.

About the Care Continuum Alliance
The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders in the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuum.org.

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