Care Continuum Alliance takes 'innovations' to Capitol Hill

Care Continuum Alliance will host the Population Health Innovations Showcase on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, giving policymakers an up-close look at the latest strategies and technologies aimed at population health and chronic disease management.

Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) is an industry association of more than 200 stakeholders in healthcare delivery. That includes a "wide array of organizations that provide population health services," says Tracey Moorhead, CCA's president and CEO.

"We truly represent every segment of the healthcare delivery system," she adds. "We have hospitals and health systems, physician group practices, accountable care organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, PBMs, wellness companies, health plans, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans, private sector plans, disease management organizations, group purchasing organizations for hospital systems, consultants, academic medical institutions, integrated delivery systems, lab companies, you name it."

In other words, it's a broad-based coalition, convened to address about as broad a healthcare challenge as there is: "population health." It's a term that has different meanings, depending on who you ask. 


"Our definition is based on our population health management framework, which identifies five core components, or strategies, for effective population health management," says Moorhead. "Those components are population identification, assessment, stratification, engagement/intervention and outcomes measurement. The Care Continuum Alliance has focused in the last seven years on identifying best practices, developing definitions, and establishing measure sets and methodologies around each of those five components."

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At the Population Health Innovations Showcase, which will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday, CCA will show members of Congress, their staffs other federal and state officials how technology is being put to use cutting costs and improving care delivery across the population.

Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, (D-PA13) and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, (R-MN3) will be there in addition to an array of vendors, including Inovalon, Active Health Management, Healthrageous, Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Health Dialog, Mirixa, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Qualcomm Life, United Health Group, U.S. Preventive Medicine.

Ken Yale is vice president of clinical solutions for ActiveHealth Management, which will be demonstrating its clinical decision support, patient portal and provider workflow technologies at the Innovations Showcase.