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Improving Population Health Management Strategies: Identifying Patients Who Are More Likely to Be Users of Avoidable Costly Care and Those More Likely to Develop a New Chronic Disease

August 24, 2016

Improving Population Health Management Strategies: Identifying Patients Who Are More Likely to Be Users of Avoidable Costly Care and Those More Likely to Develop a New Chronic Disease

Results from a new study sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and published in Health Services Research point to a solution for healthcare leaders pursuing value-based care through population health management. The study shows how Insignia Health’s Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) predicts which patients are more likely to utilize expensive and avoidable medical services (i.e., hospitalization and emergency department), and which might develop a chronic condition within the next year.

PAM scores on over 98,000 patients at Fairview Medical Services in Minnesota reveal that those with the lowest activation were 62% more likely to have an avoidable hospitalization, and 25% more likely to develop a new chronic disease within a year compared to patients with high activation.  Furthermore, distinctions between low and high activated patients are holding true three years later.

Read press release from Commonwealth Fund.