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Applications in Accountable Care: Assessing Quality and Effectiveness of Population Health Initiatives

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
David Baker

Are you responsible for improving the health of the community? Are you challenged by the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to fee-for-value approaches that reward providers for efficient, effective, and appropriate care? Enhance your understanding of, and your ability to evaluate value-based approaches to improving outcomes for a population under management.

This course examines approaches by health plans, employers, and providers to evaluate population health management initiatives, define and measure quality from a population perspective, and assess the impact of Delivery System Reform and multi-payer alignment on outcomes examine new approaches to outcome and cost measurement. By focusing on the role of value measurement as part of a strategic agenda to transform quality and costs, participants will learn how to enable systematic improvement in the care delivery process.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental differences between contemporary approaches to evaluation and assessment of population health initiatives
  2. Examine new approaches to outcome and cost measurement
  3. Explain the essential competencies for health care quality assessment in population health and accountable care
  4. Assess models of measuring quality and effectiveness at the population health level including application of methods to stratify and assess high- and low-risk individuals, wellness initiatives, and self-health management and define and measure outcomes at each level
  5. Apply concepts that enable systematic improvement in the care delivery process
Methods of Assessment:

Individual assignments: 40%, Team assignments: 40%, Quizzes: 20%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to OPAL MAS in Population Health Management students and Certificate in Population Health Management students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required