The term population health is being used everywhere, and it means different things to different people… even on the same executive team. Many organizations try to develop a “population health strategy” without fully understanding what it means, and are turning to their physician leaders to take charge.

Physician leaders who suddenly find themselves in this new role need to know some basics, including understanding what “population health” actually means, the prerequisites for such a program and what constitutes a reasonable starting point.

As seen in Modern Healthcare, President Rita E. Numerof, PhD, and Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, David Nash, MD, provide guidance on the challenges physician leaders may face in securing buy-in, clarifying accountabilities, and implementing solutions that advance continuity of care and help manage costs in their commentary, Defining the job description for population health.

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