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So which is it? Providers develop wide variety of definitions for population health


Joseph Burns

One of the main ideas behind the Affordable Care Act was the concept that physician practices, hospitals, accountable care organizations and other groups of providers would deliver population health. But since Congress passed the act in 2010, defining how population health is delivered has been challenging.

The terms population health and population health management have become ubiquitous among health care providers, wrote Tamara Rosin, a reporter for Becker’s Hospital Review. But, she added, “Despite their prevalence, the industry has yet to decide on a single definition of ‘population health.’” She was reporting on a panel discussion that Becker’s sponsored on the topic and included in her article definitions of the term from five hospital executives.

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