2019 Engagement Summit recap
On January 31, 2019 more than 100 members of UCHealth Integrated Network convened at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center to participate in the second annual Engagement Summit. Austin Bailey, MD, medical director for population health, facilitated the daylong event.
A summary of the presented material follows. For more information about any of these topics, please contact Michelle.McLeod@ucheatlh.org.
“It gave great context to the work I do in-clinic and I was surprised by how much I took from the day. Everyone was really engaged and I enjoyed the discussion.”
- Jean Haynes, chief population health officer, shared important details about the network’s exit from Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 3 (MSSP Track 3). The network had an opportunity to withdraw from MSSP Track 3 to avoid financial reconciliation as a result of the negative financial performance of the program. The network will still receive the 5% Alternative Payment Model (APM) bonus. Most importantly, UCHealth and the network remain committed to population health and will continue to be focused on managing nearly 160,000 lives attributed to value-based programs.
- Anne Docimo, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for population health, provided an overview of the health care landscape. The United States spends more on health care per capita than many other countries; however, the U.S. ranks in the bottom 24% of those countries on life expectancy (Harvard Business Review, April 2010). Americans spend a notable portion of their income on health care and expect high-quality care. Insurers are requiring health systems to take on risk and achieve quality and cost targets to avoid financial losses. UCHealth Integrated Network is building the infrastructure and skills sets to provide the value the consumers and insurers desire.
- Bailey focused on the skills and expertise of the network. The network has a successful track record in improving quality and lowering total cost of care resulting in millions of dollars in shared savings payments. Over the last four years, the network has increased its footprint along the Front Range to improve access to primary care. Care management addresses the complex needs of patients and coordinates care across the continuum. Centralized resources such as data governance and analytics, pharmacy and value-based contracting exist to continue the journey to improve quality and reduce cost.
- Brenda Benzel, director of pricing and performance management for population health, highlighted the benefits of the network’s centralized data analytics. She described the complex task of compiling data from a multitude of sources into a simplified format. The network can provide to our partners intuitive and actionable reports. In the near future, as the capabilities progress, Brenda shared that the network can expect claims data to integrate with clinical data, access to cost and utilization dashboards, provider-friendly attribution logic and cost trend analysis.
- Joseph Vande Griend, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCGP, director of pharmacy for population health, facilitated a presentation that identified existing opportunities to improve medication use for patients and strategize ways to engage all existing resources, both clinic-based and population health, to optimize medication use and leverage existing clinical pharmacy resources, including population health resources, to help achieve the Quadruple Aim.
“This was a great opportunity to bring a group of people together, many of whom had never met or had corresponded only by phone or email previously.”
Rounding out the day, Paul Staley, director of network engagement for population health, led a panel discussion that provided effective strategies to reduce avoidable emergency department utilization. The panel included provider representatives from Matthews-Vu Medical Group, Parkview Medical Center and Dublin Primary Care. Roundtable discussions presented attendees an opportunity to brainstorm the actions they will take back to their practice to improve the quality and/or cost of care.
A post-event survey indicated our audience was very satisfied with the summit overall. On behalf of my colleagues, thank you to everyone who participated in the summit this year. We look forward to hosting you again in 2020! —Michelle