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.