Challenging Population Health Management Issues

The nation’s leading forum on innovations in population health is slated for March 7-9 in Philadelphia.

authors Lynne Jeter

PHILADELPHIA, PENN. – Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health is once again serving as the exclusive academic partner for the nation’s leading forum on innovations in population health in the City of Brotherly Love.

Slated March 7-9, the 16th Population Health Colloquium will be held onsite at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel or via webcast with 24/7 access for six months. Co-sponsored by the Population Health Alliance, the 3-day conference will bring together industry stakeholders – healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceuticals, leading technology and solutions companies, academia and government – to share best practices, case studies, expert insights and industry trends in the quickly-growing field of population health.

Conference 2016 highlights include two special dinner programs. On Sunday, March 6, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and Jefferson Health, will engage in an extended conversation with conference participants to share his unique vision regarding innovation and transformation. The interactive session – moderated by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, the nation’s only degree-seeking school of its kind – will also include a special guest to discuss how a traditional academic medical institution is transforming to reimagine healthcare, health education and discovery, and also detail Jefferson’s journey toward its transition into a consumer-centric healthcare enterprise. On Tuesday, March 8, a dinner and panel discussion will be held focused on population health analytics and featuring dozens of exhibitors.

A March 7 morning preconference symposia will highlight population health management projects and best practices nationwide for integrated delivery systems and large medical groups that are struggling to adapt. The session will show how three very different entities are making it work: a Midwest academic medical center that implemented a $12 million Medicare/Medicaid innovation grant to improve rural cardiovascular health; a state medical society that developed cutting-edge antibiotic stewardship programs; and a West Coast community’s program to combat childhood obesity. Speakers represent PYA Analytics: CMO Kent Bottles, MD, and Principals James Michael Keegan, MD, and Martie Ross, JD.

Day 1 begins after lunch, with a keynote presentation and discussion of the healthcare landscape by Peter Orszag, Citigroup’s vice chairman of corporate and investment banking and chairman of its financial strategy and solutions group.

Day 2 begins with Klasko presenting the inaugural winner of the Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health, who will receive a $100,000 cash prize in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health. Following the presentation, Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Merck’s executive vice president of strategic communications for global public policy and population health, will discuss the case for a new population health protection agenda.

Other second-day topics on the agenda: accelerating change toward a better healthcare system; population health in the era of cognitive computing; and innovative provider collaborations and enablement strategies. Afternoon mini-summits sponsored by Accenture, Evolution Health, athenahealth, and Sage Growth Partners/WellCentive, involve achieving the promise of data exchange; shortening the ROI in population health; driving results in the accountable care era; and creating a platform for care transformation in value-based care environments.

A special evening dinner program – What’s Inside the Data? – features population health experts sharing insight, using case studies to illustrate how healthcare organization are using analytics tools to support and implement successful population health management programs. Participating experts include Nathan Gunn, MD, president of population health for Valence Health; Gregory G. Kile, CEO of Populytics and senior vice president for insurance and payer strategies for the Lehigh Valley Health Network; Sally Okun, RN, MMHS, vice president of advocacy, policy and patient safety for PatientsLikeMe; Jonathan Ware, MD, medical director of population health management for Phytel, an IBM company; and Adrian Zai, MD, PhD, chief medical informatics office with SRG Technology, and clinical director of population informatics with the computer science laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Day 3 features presentations on the critical role of community in population health; controlling the rising costs of specialty drugs; and perspectives from an ACO.

Within the conference for attendees wanting to take a deeper dive into the Colloquium’s subject matter is Jefferson’s Population Health Training Program. Also, the conference has been approved for up to 20.85 NASBA CPE credits for accounting professionals.

For full program information, go to



  • Population Health Colloquium
  • Jefferson’s College of Population Health
  • Population Health Alliance
  • Jefferson’s Population Health Training Program
  • Accenture
  • athenahealth
  • Evolution Health
  • PYA Analytics
  • Sage Growth Partners

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