Hospital and health system boards and leadership can advance their understanding of population health and how population health management fits into organizational priorities by considering the following questions:
- How does our organization define population health?
- What key steps has our organization already taken in the areas of prevention, quality and safety, and care coordination to advance our efforts to improve population health?
- In our organization’s journey toward population health management, what have been our key accomplishments?
- What critical obstacles to further improving population health is our organization facing and what are we doing to overcome them? (Obstacles might include: lack of a capable, qualified workforce; insufficient health information technology, data and analytics; insufficient board and leadership capacity and clinician engagement, etc.)
- What risks might our organization face in working to further expand our focus on population health management, and what can we do to reduce or eliminate these risks?
- What partnerships does our organization need to establish to navigate the population health management agenda and reposition for a fee-for-value environment?
- Is our organization moving fast enough to develop these partnerships?
- What should our board do to build our understanding and capacity to effectively govern in a population health-focused environment?