Embracing Population Health
Population health is a model of care that effectively integrates the clinical and self-management aspects of care and where health care is headed. Population Health will be the focus of the July 2019 issue of AADE in Practice so stay on the lookout for that. In the meantime, read AIP Editor Teresa Pearson’s take on this topic and why diabetes care and education specialists should position themselves for this shift in health care:
Population Health: Lean in to it, by Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
There has been a lot of buzz about population health, and some of you might be wondering what it’s all about, how it impacts you as a diabetes educator, and why AADE is so interested in it. It may seem like it came out of nowhere, but the concept is not new. It is a complex, multifaceted thing with an ambitious goal of improving the health of everyone in the country where they live, work, and play. Health plans have been engaging in population health activities for decades. Now, in efforts to meet the Triple Aim of the Affordable Care Act, payers are collaborating with providers and integrating population health principles and technologies in unprecedented ways in a collaborative strategy for both groups to enhance care delivery, control the cost of care, and work together to better the health of their communities.