Population Health Management

ChristianaCare’s Rebrand: A Labor of Love

// By Marlene Kurban // Rebranding a large health system is a complex undertaking that is more than a marketing and design challenge; it requires a thoughtful, strategic approach to be successful. ChristianaCare, the largest health care provider in Delaware, unveiled its new brand identity in October 2019, after an 18-month planning process with its Read More

COVID-19 and Behavioral Health: Health Care’s Response

“In ordinary times, we are a nation of people with high levels of anxiety,” says Howard Gershon, a founding principal of New Heights Group and a member of the SHCM Editorial Advisory Board. But “[i]n times of a pandemic such as we are experiencing now with the ongoing fear of the deadly coronavirus, anxiety and Read More

Effective Population Health Efforts During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Shari Nethersole, MD, executive director for community health at Boston Children’s

In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, health care organizations around the U.S. are focused on safeguarding the health of people living in their communities. At Boston Children’s in Massachusetts, the pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, caring for the health of families in the greater Boston area has long been a priority. Read More

Call Center Informs and Reassures During COVID-19 Crisis

Christian Pettker, MD, associate chief quality officer, Yale Medicine

Crisis management is a standard part of hospital communication preparedness, but who could ever have anticipated the coronavirus pandemic? How do you communicate to your community and patients about a pandemic when nobody anywhere has all the answers? Yale New Haven Health clinicians and ancillary staff quickly came together, launching a call center to handle Read More

Behavioral Health and the Coronavirus: How Hospitals & Health Systems Are Responding

// By Howard Gershon, LFACHE // In ordinary times, we are a nation of people with high levels of anxiety. According to statistics reported by Mental Health America, during usual times, the combination of general anxiety disorders, phobias, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and related issues are reported to affect more than 21 Read More

Health Care Leaders Are Addressing COVID-19 Head-On

Linda MacCracken, senior principal at Accenture

Well before cases of COVID-19 began to spike in the U.S., health care organizations were watching the response to the pandemic unfold worldwide and preparing for the worst-case scenario. Communications to myriad stakeholders have been and are being created, coordinated, and standardized across multiple channels. Accurate, up-to-date information is essential for all of us. To Read More

Industry Leaders In Specialized Care for Older Adults

Leslie Pelton, senior director of innovation, Institute for Health Improvement (IHI)

Health care spending for older adults is disproportionately higher than for other age groups. According to 2016 research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 65 and older group — 16 percent of the population — consumes 36 percent of health spending. The cost of care for older adults is higher, but reimbursements are lower. “It Read More

COVID-19: Up to the Minute Learnings from Industry Experts on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19: Up to the Minute Learnings from Industry Experts on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Strategic Health Care Marketing webinar on demand for health care marketers and digital strategists

Originally presented March 24, 2020.

Your Presenters:

  • Suzanne Hendery, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Renown Health
  • Christian Pettker, MD, Associate Chief Quality Officer, Yale Medicine
  • Ed Rafalski, PhD, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, BayCare Health
  • Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Watch Now »

News from the Front: Health Care Shifts into High Gear to Address the Coronavirus

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Well before cases of COVID-19 began to spike in the U.S., health care organizations were watching the response to the pandemic unfold worldwide and preparing for the worst-case scenario. Communications to myriad stakeholders have been and are being created, coordinated, and standardized across multiple channels. Accurate, up-to-date information is Read More

Is Your Health System Age-Friendly? Join the Movement

Lil Banchero, MSN, RN, senior director, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Institute on Healthy Aging

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Health care spending for older adults is disproportionately higher than for other age groups. According to 2016 research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 65 and older group — 16 percent of the population — consumes 36 percent of health spending. The cost of care for older adults is Read More

Why Health Systems Must Tackle Behavioral Health

With the shift toward value-based care and the assumption of risk, many health care organizations are beginning to understand that they must address behavioral health in conjunction with physical care for patients. In our new story, Howard Gershon, a founding principal of New Heights Group, discusses the business case. Here’s an excerpt. Behavioral health issues Read More

Laying the Groundwork for Value-Based Care

Andy Grimm, CEO of Northeast Missouri Health Council

One of the keys to success in preparation for value-based health reimbursement models is the use of technology to identify opportunities to close gaps in service, improve cost-effectiveness of treatments, improve outcomes, and enhance preventive care services. In Missouri, three Federally Qualified Health Centers serving more than 53 counties and 107,000 patients in mostly rural Read More

The Business Case for Behavioral Health

// By Howard Gershon, LFACHE // With the shift toward value-based care and the assumption of risk, many health care organizations are beginning to understand that they must address behavioral health in conjunction with physical care for patients. Behavioral health issues are in the news every day, whether it’s a national sports figure who has Read More

View From the C-Suite: Andy Grimm, CEO of Northeast Missouri Health Council

Sheryl S. Jackson

// By Sheryl S. Jackson // A newly formed alliance of three Federally Qualified Health Centers provides an example of how shared expertise and pooled resources are laying the groundwork for value-based care, with the ultimate goal of driving better outcomes and lower costs in Medicaid managed care contracts. One of the keys to success Read More

Value-Based Care: A Win-Win Integrated Approach

Jordan Pisarcik is vice president of growth and customer engagement at DocASAP

“Value-based care models are on the rise, and health care providers and payers are increasingly aligning to control costs while providing quality care,” says Jordan Pisarcik, vice president of growth and customer engagement at DocASAP. Here’s an excerpt from Pisarcik’s new article: According to a recent report by Humana, value-based care initiatives are proving to Read More

Two Seattle-Area Hospitals Team Up with the Seahawks To Fight Cancer

Tom Kruse, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at CHI Franciscan

“If you didn’t know the whole story, you’d think last October 20 was a less-than-glorious Sunday in Seattle,” writes SHCM contributor Peter Hochstein. “It was a football day, of course, and the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-16. But for two local hospitals, Virginia Mason Health System, with about 600 licensed beds, and Read More

Are You Focusing Adequately on Baby Boomers?

Daniel Fell, marketing consultant and senior strategist at Optum

“Not that many years ago, you would commonly find ‘senior services’ programs in almost every hospital across the country,” says Daniel Fell, a senior strategist at Optum. “But somewhere along the way, despite the demographic trends confronting the health care industry that clearly point to a seismic shift among the health care population — mainly Read More

Was It the Seahawks vs. Cancer Game? Not Exactly. But When Two Seattle Area Hospitals Teamed Up with Their Local Football Team, They Scored Big Dividends.

Kerry Shannon, senior vice president, strategy and business development at Virginia Mason

// By Peter Hochstein // Properly done, the participation of sports teams can create impressive visibility and emotional involvement for a cancer awareness promotion. Here’s what it produced for the State of Washington’s Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan. If you didn’t know the whole story, you’d think last October 20 was a less-than-glorious Read More

The Silver Tsunami: 6 Strategies to Seize the Tidal Wave of Opportunity

Daniel Fell, marketing consultant and senior strategist at Optum

// By Daniel Fell // How should hospitals and health care delivery systems think about serving the growing “senior” population? How can health systems better leverage data and technology to meet the needs of consumers and caregivers who will be using health care services at the highest rate over the next several decades? Not that Read More

Looking at Population Health Through a Marketing Lens

Susan Dubuque, principal at NDP Agency

“Population health is a hot topic in our industry,” says Susan Dubuque of ndp. “But let’s be honest. As health care marketing professionals, we may have a difficult time getting our heads around this complex, multifaceted concept. There is lack of clarity about even the most basic issues like: What is population health? Who is Read More

Health Care Organizations Succeeding with Medicare Advantage Plans

John Lovelace, president of government programs at UPMC Health Plan

Hospital and physician-owned Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have seen double-digit growth since 2015. Axios, which tracks membership data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), reports that the largest organization in this category, Kaiser Permanente, grew 23 percent from 2015 to 2018, to almost 1.6 million members. The other 40 or so hospital- and Read More

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