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Jonas Varnum

Population Health Strategic Services, VP 

Jonas Varnum is a healthcare consulting professional dedicated to the redesign of healthcare systems across the value-based care continuum. He leads population health strategic and operational services for Health Catalyst and has extensive experience in provider and payer population health strategy, operations, governance, care management, and quality improvement. Jonas has led CIN, ACO, and PHSO design, PHM strategic planning and innovation initiatives, and value-based delivery model operations. He is a passionate believer in performance improvement and has dedicated his work to achieving improved, sustainable outcomes across populations.

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Deliver Better Population Health by Avoiding 3 Mistakes

Despite the widespread use of population health as a solution to control rising costs and poor outcomes, healthcare organizations struggle to effectively achieve population health success. A common barrier to success is lack of access to data about a system’s most impactable patients, their interventions, and how said interventions impact a patient’s health. However, health systems can overcome the following all-too-common population health mistakes by leveraging detailed data about their most impactable patients and interventions:

1. Lacking an effective solution for data-driven strategy.

2. Using delayed analytic insight to understand performance and opportunities.

3. Not tracking member-level data to measure intervention effectiveness.

Deliver Better Population Health by Avoiding Three Mistakes

Despite the widespread use of population health as a solution to control rising costs and poor outcomes, healthcare organizations struggle to effectively achieve population health success. A common barrier to success is lack of access to data about a system’s most impactable patients, their interventions, and how said interventions impact a patient’s health. However, health systems can overcome the following all-too-common population health mistakes by leveraging detailed data about their most impactable patients and interventions:

1. Lacking an effective solution for data-driven strategy.

2. Using delayed analytic insight to understand performance and opportunities.

3. Not tracking member-level data to measure intervention effectiveness.

Value-Based Care: Four Key Competencies for Success

How prepared are healthcare organizations to enter into value-based care? Many may not be ready. While early value-based care adopters have focused on improving and measuring quality, they’ve often overlooked steps to bear the associated financial risk. Now that health systems can enter into alternative payment models and risk-based contracts, they need to ensure that cost is as much a priority as quality.

Health systems can achieve sustainable value-based care success by optimizing the five core competencies of population health management:

1. Governance that educates, engages, and energizes.
2. Data transformation that addresses clinical, financial, and operational questions.
3. Analytic transformation that aligns information and identifies populations.
4. Payment transformation that drives long-term sustainability.
5. Care transformation as a key intervention in value-based contracts.

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