Keeping the Pediatric Population Healthy
Moderator: Paul Demko, Health Care Reporter, Politico
Pediatric healthcare is gradually moving to a new goal: reducing the population of sick children by focusing on fending off illness and disease. To initiate full-scale prevention, hospitals are developing their own health plans or ACOs to drive better outcomes and impose greater financial responsibility. They are working with schools, nonprofits, governments, businesses and their peers to spearhead ambitious population health initiatives like reducing asthma and obesity rates or expanding mental health services. And when the patient can’t get to them, they’re going to the patient with home care units and mobile medical units that target uninsured and homeless teens. This panel will examine how these new models are being applied and their potential to transform pediatric population health over the next decade.