White paper: The four steps of population health management

Posted December 1, 2014 | Miles Snowden

Providers who are successfully delivering appropriate, cost-effective care have learned through experience that population health management involves four well-planned steps. A new Optum white paper, The Four Steps of Population Health Management, explains what they are:

  • Optimize network management. With physician referrals on the rise, network management has the potential to yield significant savings.
  • Manage care transitions. Through improved discharge planning and post-acute outreach, organizations can improve patients’ care and prevent costly hospital readmissions. 
  • Invest in in-home intervention. Providing in-home care to high-acuity patients can keep them on the road to recovery.
  • Expand chronic disease management. Directing chronic and complex case management to an organization’s full attributed population can improve clinical outcomes and reduce health care costs.

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