HIMSS17 to feature revamped Population Care Management Knowledge Center
When HIMSS17 kicks off on Feb. 19, 2017 in Orlando the show floor will include the Population Care Management Knowledge Center.
The center has been revised from last year to add more focus on care management, care coordination, and the transitions of care across care sites to a defined population, according to Shelley Price, Payer and Life Sciences Director for HIMSS North America.
Population care management is essential to improving quality of care and health outcomes while controlling costs – particularly as more healthcare organizations move toward value-based payment models.
The goal of population care management is to enable groups of connected providers working collaboratively to serve a defined patient population under both fee-for-service and value-based reimbursement structures. But many organizations lack the administrative structure to support the sharing of both patient records and billing information across myriad health settings.
“Organizations face the challenge of exchanging an unprecedented amount of clinical and financial data across the healthcare continuum between both associated and disparate providers,” says Shelley Price, Payer and Life Sciences Director for HIMSS North America.
Healthcare IT vendors will be on hand to answer questions, while some also will offer 30-minute education sessions in the exhibit’s theater designed to help professionals address the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare market. More than 20 education sessions are scheduled from Monday morning (February 20) through Wednesday afternoon.
One highlight of the three-day program is a session titled “Building Your Unique PopHealth Management Program: A HIMSS IT Capabilities Tool,” in which presenters Marius Petruc and Michelle Vislosky, co-chairs of the HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee’s Population Health Task Force, explain the population health management model developed by the group to guide organizations in the selection and implementation of appropriate capabilities for their specific value-based care model based on payment model and patient population.
The Population Care Management Knowledge Center also will be the site of a free one-day forum (on Tuesday, February 21) designed to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by attendees leading care coordination activities involving LTPAC (long term/post-acute care) providers. The forum will feature three one-hour education sessions on post-acute, long-term, and senior care.
“This Knowledge Center can inform attendees who are struggling with creating their own population health management program, and it also can help them understand how such a program connects within their other business models of care and in the broader picture of care management,” Price said.
The Population Care Management Knowledge Center will be in Booth 6179, Hall D, at the Orange County Convention Center.
HIMSS17 runs from Feb. 19-23, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.
This article is part of our ongoing coverage of HIMSS17. Visit Destination HIMSS17 for previews, reporting live from the show floor and after the conference.