In addition to improving patient outcomes and the quality of care, Jones also sees population health management as a crucial component to handling a payer environment that is slowly but surely evolving into one based on value rather than volume.
"What we are expecting to see is more third-party payers wanting to move from payments made on an episodic basis to reimbursements that are value-based. We believe the advantage AllSpire offers us is that, as we get into more of those types of relationships, we can leverage the knowledge we are gaining from clinical best practices and the best use of information systems so we can engage a population to be more accountable for their own healthcare. That will provide tremendous benefits," Jones says.
Provider involvement in population health management strategies will also be important as patient volume moves from the inpatient to the outpatient setting, he says.
"We expect to see less utilization in acute care settings, and we have to be prepared to measure that, monitor that, and incentivize behaviors, and at the same time be able to reduce operating costs," Jones says. "We are really looking to this and see a great deal of potential in AllSpire. We think that these types of affiliations will become more commonplace as reimbursement structures change."