NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three keynote speakers representing health systems from across the country shared their strategic path to population health and the pivotal role of employer groups during Aegis Health Group’s I³ conference in Nashville. Keynote speakers included Pat Board, president and CEO of Union Health System in Terre Haute, Indiana; Kate Wilhite, vice president of Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Shelly Summers, director of physician network marketing, St. Joseph Health in Irvine, California.
In his presentation “Population Health, One System’s Journey”, Board emphasized the importance of establishing an appropriate infrastructure for care management and engaging physicians to assure alignment with system goals for population health. Additionally, he highlighted Union’s development and fostering of partnerships including those with care partners such as skilled nursing, home care, hospice and behavioral health. Also critical to success in their population health environment is the expansion of new, innovative relationships with employer groups and third party payers. “We constantly analyze what we are doing and adjust as needed to confirm that our service levels remain high," Board offered. “We’re also making strategic investments in medical management solutions using leading-edge programs and initiatives to help us build more effective patient engagement.”
Driven by Aurora’s commitment to creating a healthier community, Wilhite addressed the significance of building relationships with employers through education and advocacy to support them with health plan success, employee wellness and care management. In her session, “Employer Strategy in the Age of the Affordable Care Act”, she unveiled how Aurora seeks to support revenue growth through employer engagement, direct contracting and relationship management. “We believe relationships are foundational in building loyalty,” said Wilhite, “especially when based upon delivering the core benefits of value, quality and service.”
Exploring population health management strategies, Summers provided an overview of the unique environment of healthcare and health plan trends in California. During her presentation, “Exclusive Network & Population Health Management Strategies”, Summers explained how St. Joseph is embracing integrated care that includes community-based, acute care, recovery and rehab specific initiatives while moving beyond a strictly consumer-focused target audience approach. “We are expanding to address a much wider audience that embraces the health plan, the broker and the employer communities. By taking this strategic approach, we can improve the health of our full-risk population and increase patient satisfaction,” she said.
“Our goal with I³ is to bring industry leaders forward to share their insights, their market strategies and their unique ideas,” Phil Suiter, Aegis president and CEO explains. “It’s also a forum for us to discuss our differences and similarities, as we anticipate what’s coming next in healthcare and how to stay in front of what’s ahead.”
Aegis Health Group
Aegis Health Group has assisted hundreds of hospitals with proven-effective population health and wellness strategies for 25 years. Its strategic, award-winning Population Health Management solutions enable hospitals to grow market share and revenue by identifying and intelligently managing the health risks of local consumers within the community they serve. Complementing this is Aegis’ data-driven and award-winning Physician Relationship Management strategy, which strengthens alignment between hospitals and their medical staff to drive service-line growth, enhance patient care and quality, and provide timely issue resolution. Further information about Aegis is available at www.AegisGroup.com or on their blog at www.aegishi4.com.