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AllSpire Partnership Tackles Population Health Management

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2013

Seven health systems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey created a mega-alliance last month to prepare for value-based reimbursement, improve patient care, and lower the cost of doing business.

Hospital and health system leaders know the reimbursement transformation is coming—even if it hasn't reached them yet. Many organizations are beginning to develop population health management strategies to prepare for value-based reimbursement.

In the most recent HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, "Population Health Management: Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics," 46% of survey respondents say they are fully committed to improving the overall health of a defined population, and another 27% say they have an experimental or pilot program under way.

Going it alone may not be the best course of action, according to the report, which shows that 63% of respondents say they are either examining or have established with partnerships with other providers to address risk sharing and improve the health of defined populations.

One system that has recently partnered with other providers to bolster its population health management efforts is Reading (PA) Health System, which last month joined with six other systems that encompass 25 hospitals in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to form AllSpire Health Partners.

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