Population health strategy relies on strength of physician leaders

HealthLeaders

April 9, 2015

Determining the direction of a population health strategy must include physician alignment, leadership ability, and space to communicate with core care team members. But a “leadership deficit” is hampering progress, says the chief health officer of one state’s hospital association.

Population health may be a goal that unites an organization’s clinicians, administrators, and leadership, but communication gaps exists between front line members of the care team and management that threatens to derail major progress on improving healthcare outcomes, cost, and quality.

An online poll conducted by Harris of 955 medical professionals from hospitals with 200+ beds and physician offices with at least 25 physicians showed that better communication among care partners improves care coordination, which has grown increasingly important.

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