Sustainable Financing for Population Health

Uncover ways to develop sustainable public and private sector funding for population health.

Join the Discussion

Click here to access the Sustainable Financing for Population Health Discussion.

Watch: A HealthDoers Virtual Event

On Monday, June 26, 2017  Jim Chase lead a great virtual event to discuss Sustainable Financing for Population Health with Lindsey Alexander, Mike Sayama, and Joan Cleary. If you did not get a change to join us, or joined but would like to watch again or share with colleagues, the video is available now!

At the end of the call Jim asked the panelists for one piece of advice. You can see the entire video here and you can read the panelists key takeaways below.

Watch: Voices From the Field 


Payment Reform With an Eye Toward Sustainable Financing:

Kate Kohn Parrott, President and CEO of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC


Read: LAN's Data Sharing White Paper

The Learning and Action Network (LAN) recently released their Data Sharing White Paper. Check it out and then return to the discussion to share your thoughts. 

Listen: HFMA Voices in Healthcare Finance, Episode 14

Listen to a podcast from HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) in their series “Voices in Healthcare Finance”.  If you fast forward to 12:39, it discusses building value models for population health management and the potential financial impacts for providers.

Listen to the HFMA podcast online here or through itunes here.


Care Delivery: Deepening Patient & Providers Relationships

Learn what healthdoers are doing to build relationships with the patients they serve and how critical this is to improving care delivery and transformation.

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Click here to join HealthDoers as they discuss Care Delivery: Deepinging Patient & Providers Relationships or check out the resources below and then return the to the discussion.

Read: How to Win the Doctor Lottery

Heath Affairs: How to Win the Doctor Lottery by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. It addresses one aspect of care delivery — training doctors to foster a strong patient-doctor relationship and how to move toward a value-based care delivery system. It’s a powerful story and an excellent example of how doctor-patient relationships can directly affect outcomes — for good or bad. -Carol Florman

Watch: The Practice Transformation Group: Establishing Deeper Patient Relationships

On Monday, May 22nd, HealthDoers in partnership with Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center hosted a virtual event, Establishing Deeper Patient Relationships. The event featured Dr. Alan Glaseroff, Co-Founder of Stanford Coordinated Care, and Melora Simon, Former Director of Stanford’s America’s Most Valuable Care Project. It was a rich presentation and discussion that generated great questions from participants. The presenters spoke to the “how-to” aspects of leveraging clinical teams to create an environment where patients feel respected and heard. Dr. Glaseroff highlighted the power of using motivational interviewing (MI) to identify the patient’s goal. By using MI and having compassion it, “allows people to blossom.” 

Read: Academy Health Topic Profile Care Delivery

Our partners at Academy Health have released the next topic profile in the work they are orchestrating on multisector payment reform to improve population health. This topic profile sheds light on multisector care delivery efforts taking place in regions throughout the country.


Multi-Sector Data

Use this bundle to explore how to begin to use multi-sector data and address social determinants of health for population health management.

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Join the discussion around maximizing data's utility. 


Watch: Making the Juice Worth the Squeeze

Watch the recording from our virtual event where HealthDoers reported out on our key takeaways from our January Peer to Peer, The Intersection of Clinical Data, Claims and the Social Determinants of Health: Integrating Multi-Sector Data to Create Health Out of Healthcare. Additionally we included takeaways from an NRHI Member Data Governance Roundtable Discussion. This event also provided us with the opportunity to hear about the transformative work being done by some of our partners.

Watch: Voices from the Field - Dr. Kahn

Click on the video below to watch the full interview with Dr. Kahn.

Read: Pre-Reading Round-Up Social Determinants Data Conundrums P2P

The Intersection of Clinical Data, Claims, and the Social Determinants of Health: Integrating Multi-Sector Data to Create Health out of Health Care

Read: Social Determinants Data Conundrums Peer to Peer Summary

Social Determinants Data Conundrums Peer to Peer Summary click below to explore more.


Effective Team-Based Care

Learn from bright spot practices how to implement techniques to have a high functioning team delivering quality care.

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Want to learn more about Effective Team Based Care? Click below to access the discussion and contribute by sharing your thoughts, experiences, or resources. 


Read: Educating Health Professionals Collaboratively For Team-Based Primary Care

Read this Health Affairs article on educating health professionals collaboratively for team-based primary care.

It outlines a path forward for how we can break down silos and create a new generation of health professionals able to work in efficiently functioning teams. 


Watch: A HealthDoers Event Effective Team-Based Care

Watch The Practice Transformation Group’s third interactive webinar on Effective Team Based Care to explore:  

  1. Stanford CERC’s findings on approaches to effective team-based care, and overview of how high-value primary care organizations implemented related attributes within their settings
  2. High-level summative results of the LEAP model as it relates to effective team-based care
  3. How to start adopting some of these attributes in your local context, as illustrated through 1-2 case examples

Led by moderator Diane Stewart, Senior Director at PBGH’s California Quality Collaborative (CQC), the webinar will feature panelists Julia Murphy, Director of Dissemination and Adoption, Peterson Center on HealthCare, and Brian Austin, Deputy Director of “Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices” (LEAP), MacColl Institute.

Watch: Mini Webinar with Nancy Markle

Join in the discussion after you watch this brief 13 minute mini-webinar from the Practice Transformation Group: Nancy Markle on Effective Team Based Care.

Watch: Effective Team-Based Care with David Margolius, M.D.

Watch this interview on Effective Team-Based Care with David Margolius, M.D.

Read: Case Study Brief

Starting Small to Save Big: Selecting and Sequencing Initiatives Wisely from the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC)

Read: Organizational Culture associated with provider satisfaction


Explore this article prepared by the University of Utah and shared by community member, Sarah Woolsey, "I found the description of a hierarchical culture to be potentially adaptive to PCMH and success in a ACO type environment from more traditional “family clan” culture that existed in some clinics. Assessment and awareness of culture is critical to adaptation and change. This is a gap in many clinic transformation efforts and is not necessarily in the quiver of the usual PCP practice."


Read: From Triple to Quadruple Aim


From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider


Opioid Epidemic

Learn what providers,social services, and community based organizations are doing to address the epidemic in their communities.

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Have you been wondering “How Did an Over Reliance on Meds Get Us to Where We Are Now?” Join the conversation here and check out the resources below.

Watch: It Takes a Community: Owning the Opioid Epidemic Webinar

Join us as we discuss the ways communities are uniting in the face of the opioid epidemic. Panelists and participants will explore:

• Cultivation of partnerships: How, when, and who to convene
• Innovation with pain management techniques and resources
• Support for providers- training, education and collaboration
• How to survive and thrive amid state and federal regulations
• How community organizations are supporting their residents, and
• The patient perspective

Linda Schwimmer, JD, CEO & President of New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI) will facilitate discussion with:
• Dr. Amy Belisle, Medical Director, Maine Quality Counts
• Mike Eisenhart, PT, Managing Partner of Pro-Activity Associates
• Andre Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Recovery Project

Following the presentations, there will be a moderated Q&A that incorporates attendee questions and comments.

Watch: Dr. Terrence Welsh, MD How Did an Over Reliance on Meds Get Us to Where We Are Now

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute hosted a forum this past Spring in New Jersey talking about pain management — the discussion included a short history on reliance on opioids in pain treatment. Take five minutes and get some background to understand more.

Dr. Terrence Welsh, MD (Partner, Anesthesia Associates of Morristown) talks about this pendulum where circumstances led professionals from severely under-prescribing to now over-prescribing.

Read: Stopping Epidemics At The Source: Applying Lessons From Cholera To The Opioid Crisis

On September 8, 1854, acting on the advice of Dr. John Snow, London municipal authorities removed the pump handle from the Broad Street well in an effort to halt a major outbreak of cholera. Read more about the connections to the opioid epidemic that our nation faces today. 

Read: The opioid epidemic, explained

The opioid epidemic could kill as many as 650,000 people in the next decade. Here’s how it got so bad. 

This introductory article from Vox is a great place to begin to understand the many factors contributing to the current state of the opioid epidemic. 

Read: Aetna is notifying some doctors about their drug-dispensing habits

This article from the Washington Post that discusses how Aetna has begun notifying doctors about their drug-dispensing habits. As discussed in the article, it is not new for insurers to supply providers with data around quality, but it is new to be sharing the refill-to-prescription ratio. 

Meet the Doers: Q&A Interviews

Meet the Doers: Opioid Epidemic

 Laura Adams, President & CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute

Barbra Rabson, President & CEO Massachusetts Health Quality Partners

Nadine Villani, Family Nurse Practitioner, Penobscot Indian Nation Health Services


Data Sources for Population Health Needs Assessments

Read: What Counts – Harnessing Data for America’s Communities.

This report highlights a variety of data related topics, including how to transform data into information that is relevant for policy; data access and transparency; and strategic practices for using data. Real-life examples are provided, demonstrating how communities have made practical use of data to improve the health and well-being of their populations.



Explore: List of links to data sources that local communities find useful

Groups working on population health need relevant data sources, often drawing from local, state, and/or national data sets. Click below to explore a partial list of data sources that multi-stakeholder groups are already using to assess their progress in improving population health.


Explore: Practical Playbook Resources on Data sets

Read: RWJF Action Framework for Creating a Culture of Health

Interactive website that lists specific actions that can be taken to focus on better health within communities, along with how each of the action areas can be measured (with data sources). The Actions are grouped into these categories:

  1. Making Health a Shared Value
  2. Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration
  3. Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities
  4. Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems
  5. Outcome: Improved Population Health, Well-Being, and Equity
    1. Individual and Community Wellbeing
    2. Managed Chronic Disease

Reduced Health Care Cost



To make healthcare affordable we must address fundamental issues like pricing, overuse, incentives, and care delivery. Use this bundle to explore more about these topics.

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Why Does Healthcare Cost So Much, And What Can We Do About It?


Watch: NRHI Transformation RX Vlog

Elizabeth Mitchell makes the case that we need to reframe the conversation to focus on affordability rather than just insurance and access.

Watch:Getting to Affordability Community Classroom on Cost Shift

Do you know the difference between price discrimination and dynamic cost shifting and how each of these can impact affordability? Explore this further with the G2A team. 

Read: Vital Directions for Health and Health Care

Read: Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

The March 2013 Time Magazine article by Steven Brill- Bitter Pill, Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us describes many wasteful practices that perhaps could be curtailed

Watch: Adam Ruins Everything

Watch this member shared video, Adam Ruins Everything: The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive, and join the conversation. 

Read: American Medical Home Runs

Four real-life examples of primary care practices that show a better way to substantial savings. by Arnold Milstein and Elizabeth Gilbertson

Explore: What is the Resource Use Index?

Have you ever wondered what information would help explain variation in healthcare costs across providers? This video provides an overview of both the Resource Use Index (RUI) and the Total Cost Index (TCI).