The focus on population health has become increasingly important as Kansas demographics, health care delivery and reimbursement are changing. Kansas is becoming older and more diverse racially and ethnically, and the population of Kansans in rural areas is declining. In addition, care has transitioned from an inpatient setting to an outpatient setting, and payers are moving toward reimbursement based on value of care versus volume of services. As a result, hospitals are under increasing pressure to identify how to meet the needs of their communities while staying fiscally viable. Some hospitals across the country are tackling these challenges by becoming more engaged in population health.
The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) collaborated on a population health initiative to assess the engagement of Kansas hospitals and health systems in population health and identify resource needs for this work. As part of the initiative, a survey was conducted to better understand the efforts of Kansas hospitals in the area of population health, including definitions of population health, strategies utilized, benefits and challenges. The survey was distributed to CEOs of the 124 KHA member hospitals on May 3, 2018. A total of 88 survey responses were received, and 57 sufficiently complete survey responses were retained for analysis as the survey closed on June 10, 2018.
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