Temple University Health System created an institute centered on population health to engage patients and their physicians in programs to improve outcomes at lower costs, the Philadelphia-based system announced Tuesday. Through the institute, TUHS will work together with primary-care practices, federally qualified health clinics and city health clinics, as well as form relationships with acute rehabilitation units, sub-acute nursing facilities, community hospitals and nursing homes.
The TUHS institute comes amid growing interest in population health management. More than half (55 percent) of health leaders have a formalized population health management program, while 17 percent plan to add one within the next year, according to 2011 Aegis Health Group data released last summer. Announcement