Professor of Health Policy
David B. Nash was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a 25-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JCPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy, Applied Health Economics and Population Health. JCPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Sciences. Read More >
An Introduction to Population Health
How To Improve Healthcare While Lowering Costs
Quality in Healthcare
Much of the healthcare debate is centered on cost - the skyrocketing cost of direct patient care, the cost to insure millions of currently uninsured people, the administrative costs that eat up a large chunk of every healthcare dollar, the cost of defensive medicine to avert malpractice lawsuits. How can it be that we spend more than $700 billion each year on medical care that fails to improve patients’ health and often harms them? There is no easy fix to these problems, of course. But there is the best place to look: focus on quality.
The problems are cultural and from persistent unexplained variation in physician practice patterns and from still-inadequate accountability for quality and patient safety. Reclaiming quality by addressing deficiencies will transform the economics of our healthcare system. This is a pivotal moment in American healthcare delivery, marked by tremendous innovation aimed at "busting" our counterproductive myths: improving physician decision-making and devising accountability mechanisms that work. Sharing his vision, strategy and tools, Dr. Nash integrates these topics into a cohesive appraisal of core problems and cutting-edge solutions.
Many hospitals and health systems have shifted their focus from treating patients who need immediate care to improving the overall health of their community. This model, known as population health management (PHM), not only produces better outcomes, but it also helps healthcare organizations deliver higher quality care and increase profitability. While the benefits of population health management are clear, implementation is anything but. There are countless strategies and solutions to consider, and success rates for each one vary from facility to facility. In this presentation Dr. Nash will focus on population health in the context of the system's transformation away from traditional fee-for-service and towards outcomes-driven, value-based healthcare. Discussing population management for improving community wellness, the role of health care providers, and how health reform is yielding new organizational structures and payment models, Dr. Nash will share his insight on what providers need to do to change organizational culture in this new, evolving environment.
"Unfortunately, we have a long way to go before we can depend on safe, effective health care in American hospitals. I’m grateful to thought leaders like David Nash who bring rare clarity to both the problems and the solutions. This is an excellent overview of complex and sensitive issues, and a well-lit roadmap for those of us determined to bring about real change."