ANCHOR LEAD: JOHNS HOPKINS HAS A MODEL FOR MANAGING THE HUGE INFLUX OF PATIENTS TO OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Huge numbers of people are predicted to begin overwhelming the nation’s healthcare system when reforms are enacted, but Edward Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, says a model that’s been in place for several years at Hopkins called ‘population health’ has proven successful. Miller delivered remarks on the model at a recent National Press Club event.
MILLER: I would say that health care reform can best be addressed by Johns Hopkins Medicine through a mechanism called population health, where we are responsible for a group of people, all of their medical needs, and we do it on a per member per month premium, instead of fee for service. In population health you are trying to make your population healthier by providing the right services in the right time in the right venue. Fee for service doesn’t work that way. :30
Miller describes population health as modestly profitable, and expects that trajectory to continue. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.