Demonstrating Value

27 01, 2017

Whole System of Care Measures

January 27th, 2017|

In today’s health care environment, “measurement fatigue” is rampant across health systems and provider practices. Clinicians and health care organizations are being asked to report more measures with often slight variations in definition and methodology. What this creates is an environment where practices are stretched to authentically use the performance on those measures to inform process and practice improvement.

IHI developed Whole System Measures 2.0 (WSM 2.0) to provide specific guidance to health care system leaders and boards on how to measure current overall system performance and use this data to inform organizational strategy. WSM 2.0 is a set of 15 measures that […]

26 01, 2017

Community Health Funds: Innovative Financing for Community Health Improvement

January 26th, 2017|

Community Health Funds (CHFs) are a new method for making communities healthier while reducing costs and supporting collaboration. A new project is asking communities to share and spread lessons from CHF and other health partnership experiences. This article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines the current states of CHFs and provides links to several working examples.

Click here to learn more about the potential and challenges of CHFs.

 

 

 

27 12, 2016

A Positive Step toward Recognizing Social Risk Factors in Provider Payment Models

December 27th, 2016|

Decades of research and experience show that patients with social risk factors such as low income or low education are at greater risk for adverse health outcomes.  One concern about value-based payment models is that providers who serve folks with social risk factors will be penalized if their patients require more resources or do not reach quality goals.  A positive step toward solving this challenge can be found in a recent report to Congress from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  This report presents a high-level framework for incorporating social risk factors into Medicare payment models. […]

22 12, 2016

City Health Works: Better Health at Lower Cost with Community Health Workers

December 22nd, 2016|

Research and experience show that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can make a healthy difference in the lives of the people they serve.  The keys to optimizing CHWs include local design, close collaboration with primary care providers, a neighborhood-based workforce, effective training and support, and a focus on achieving specific outcomes for defined populations.  City Health Works has assembled these keys into a coaching and care coordination program that is helping patients with chronic conditions chieve healthier outcomes.

Click here for a detailed outline of what City Health Works does, and the outcomes it aims to achieve.

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The Five Most Important Questions You Can Ask about Your Organization

December 1st, 2016|

In today’s environment it is the job of leadership to ensure that everyone in the organization is equipped to think and act according to the five questions.  This is one of the most important things you can do to assure that your organization is delivering value and sustaining its mission for the future. Peter Drucker is one of the best known and most influential management thinkers of our time.  One of his countless contributions to us is his ‘five most important questions you can ask about your organization.’  The questions are:

  1. What is our mission?
  2. Who is our customer?
  3. […]

18 10, 2016

How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care

October 18th, 2016|

In 2012, FSG in association with Grantmakers in Health published an important report titled Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care.   The report includes an in-depth conversation with Dr. Atul Gwande,  author of The Checklist Manifesto and widely cited expert on health innovation.

In this conversation Dr. Gwande makes the case for more coordinated systems of health care at the local level in order to improve quality and control costs.  Achieving this goal requires collective action by multiple stakeholders, including health care providers, employers, community-based organizations, and public health.  Although […]