Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, hosted a complimentary webinar titled Moving to an Integrated Population Health Management Model. This session highlighted several approaches to help manage populations to promote better clinical outcomes, more cost savings and enhanced patient satisfaction.
The webinar, scheduled for October 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET, was led by Sarika Aggarwal, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Fallon Community Health Plan, and Julie O’Brien, RN, BSN, MS, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Alicare Medical Management.
Over the past 10 years, the medical management system has undergone rapid transformation. This session focused on key strategies to improve population health, including topics like:
- The evolution of utilization management programs
- An overview of care management interventions to address complex medical, social, and behavioral needs
- The need to include prevention and wellness services
- The goal of integrating traditional medical services with mental health and substance abuse programs
In addition, Aggarwal and O’Brien addressed various stakeholder perspectives on how to best “coordinate” transitions of care and optimize outcomes. Mark Lutes, JD Chair of Epstein Becker Green, moderated the session.
The Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series offered participants informative and insightful guidance on how population health strategies are transforming the health care paradigm as the industry moves towards the measurement and management of integrated delivery systems such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). All previous webinar programs can be viewed online.
“The Population Health Webinar Series attempts to find some common ground for health care professionals and other health care stakeholders by identifying best practices and creating a call to action for collaboration and outcomes improvement nationwide,” said Lutes. “From the Affordable Care Act and data analytics, to advancement in health IT systems, a number of factors are having a significant impact on the health care delivery system.”
Sarika Aggarwal, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Fallon Community Health Plan
Sarika Aggarwal, MD, serves as Fallon Community Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer and is responsible for ensuring the appropriateness, quality and cost-effectiveness of the health care services received by all FCHP members.
Dr. Aggarwal joined FCHP in 2012 as its VP of NaviCare Clinical Programs. Prior to joining FCHP, Dr. Aggarwal was the Medical Director in the Office of Clinical Integration at UMass Memorial Medical Care and an assistant professor of medicine at UMass Medical School. In this role, she facilitated new integration initiatives for medical management to help the UMass Memorial health care system develop the attributes of an integrated delivery system.
Julie O’Brien, RN, BSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alicare Medical Management
Julie O’Brien, RN, BSN, serves as Alicare Medical Management’s (AMM) Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. O’Brien brings over 25 years of business and clinical management, as well as nursing experience, to her position at AMM. Her responsibilities include oversight of the day-to-day operations and clinical management for the Salem, NH and King of Prussia, PA locations.
Ms. O’Brien has extensive clinical and medical practice management experience at Health Dialog, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners, North Shore Medical Hospital, Beverly Hospital, as well as clinical nursing experience in Emergency Nursing. She recently spoke in Washington, D.C. on Healthcare Reform. Ms. O’Brien serves as Vice Chair of the RadSite Accreditation Committee and also serves on URAC’s Accreditation Committee.
Mark Lutes, Chair, Epstein Becker Green
Session moderator Mark Lutes has practiced with Epstein Becker Green for 27 years and offers strategic counsel on health policy and reimbursement strategy through EBG Advisors, Inc. and National Health Advisors, LLC. He has a deep understanding of managed care markets and regulation, and counsels on hospital and physician ventures and compliance issues and in the area of information privacy and security. Mr. Lutes also serves as Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s Board of Directors.