Population Health Management

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Senior Resource Center – Timber Grill Food Trailer Senior Outreach Events

Issue Food programs, such as meal site kitchens, were not readily available to the aging population of the very isolated rural regions of Sawyer County, Wis. Solution Senior Resource Center implemented a pilot project in which a food trailer (named the Timber Grill) would visit isolated rural parts of the county to provide meals and […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Manage Social Determinants of Health

by Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere During a recent presentation at Intermountain Healthcare, someone shared the phrase, “ZIP code is more important than genetic code,” when referencing what is now generally known as population health management. Healthcare providers must understand that they need a strategy to solve health problems before they show up in […]

Improving Margins Using Service Line Profitability Analysis

By Joe Morrison, Director, Product Management, Intalere Service lines are arguably the most utilized measure within healthcare organizations to quantify the financial health of any health system. While many organizations define their service lines slightly differently, their goal is the same – to improve the health and outcomes of patients while improving efficiencies and reducing the total […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Milford Regional Medical Center-Redefining Traditional Roles to Reduce Readmissions

ISSUE The senior management team and board of trustees of Milford Regional Medical Center identified reducing avoidable readmissions as a hospital-wide goal. Although certain diagnoses contribute to the bulk of readmissions, Milford Regional identified medication, discharge planning, patient and family engagement, and social issues (transportation and nutrition) as key areas affecting readmissions. SOLUTION The facility […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Livingston HealthCare’s Café Fresh – Model For Farm to Institution

ISSUE With healthcare costs on the rise, providers need to find ways to increase education and prevention. Providing healthy food and modeling healthy choices can help reduce the incidence of obesity and chronic disease. SOLUTION The Food and Nutrition Services department of Livingston HealthCare implemented the Farm to Institution Program in 2007, and when their […]

The Annual Wellness Visit – The Foundation of Population Health Management

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Business Development, Intalere Physician groups that truly want to succeed in the new pay-for-performance era must transform themselves, focusing on a directed initiative to move to a population health management approach. In doing so, they should explore the pros and cons of an aggressive health risk assessment (HRA) program, namely using […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Stemilt Growers and Confluence Health Collaborate to Create the Stemilt Clinic

ISSUE Treating patients with chronic diseases has become increasingly challenging as healthcare costs continue to rise and employers and patients alike experience the struggles of combating these mounting healthcare costs. The vast majority of employees at Stemilt Growers (a local business within the Confluence service area) have no access to healthcare services, and as a […]

Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Nutrition and nutrition therapy have never been more relevant than now in the age of healthcare reform and the changing healthcare landscape. I recently discussed this topic with Dr. Tracy Smith, senior clinical manager for Abbott Nutrition, for a podcast. According to the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Island Hospital’s Community Mental Health Initiative

ISSUE Washington State has some of the highest rates of mental illness and the lowest rates of access to care in the United States. In fact, Washington State spends 40% less every year on mental health per capita than all other states in the U.S. Island Hospital and the Island Hospital Foundation have taken on […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Northern Arizona Healthcare/Flagstaff Medical Center-Reduction of Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Previously Identified Malnutrition

ISSUE Malnutrition is a serious issue, with 1 in 3 U.S. hospital patients being affected. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have projected reduced reimbursement for malnutrition readmissions within 30 days of discharge. At Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), 42% of patients identified at risk for malnutrition were being readmitted within 30 days of […]