Value-Based Care, Population Health Management at Center of WV Health Network Conference

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Hundreds of healthcare professionals gathered Tuesday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center for the opportunity to learn from each other and network.

the West Virginia Health Network The Spring Conference was held for the first time since Fall 2019, due to COVID-19, and featured lectures, case presentations and educational sessions on a variety of issues facing healthcare professionals. health today.

The day-long conference featured morning speakers, such as Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Secretary Bill Crouch, Dr. Sherri Young, Associate Chief Medical Officer CAMC Health System, and President of West Virginia Health Network Michelle Coon. The focus was on current trends in value-based care and population health management.

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“We have brought together providers across the state of West Virginia with the goal of educating, collaborating and continuing to work to improve the overall health of our population,” Coon told MetroNews.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, booths were set up around the convention center floor with information from hospital systems, primary specialty care groups, post-acute care providers, federally licensed health centers and insurance providers.

Young told MetroNews that the three tracks, breakout sessions, in the afternoon were divided into topics around billing and coding, how to care for patients by closing quality gaps, and how to bring the whole table. Track 1 was ‘Care management’, track 2 was ‘Quality’. and track 3 was “Deeper Dive”. Participants included doctors, nurses and all allied health professionals involved in population health care and management.

Young said all of the sessions touched, some more deeply than others, on the importance of annual wellness visits. She said wellness visits had dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic and people were without care. She said from these visits, plans can be made for a patient that could save her life.

“Sit down with a patient, talk about your plan for the year, do screenings like depression, screenings for falls. Things that keep them safe at home but also meet their medical needs in the future,” Young said.

Coon agreed with Young and explained why annual wellness visits are crucial for both provider and patient.

“The annual wellness visit is the one time a year where the primary care provider is seated across from their limb or patient and able to watch everything that is going on in the patient’s life,” Coon said.

Along with the resumption of wellness visits, Young said many health care providers are shifting resources that have been cut by the pandemic due to mass testing and vaccination.

She said health services can now return to normal resource levels for services such as restaurant inspections, environmental issues and diseases such as STDs and HIV.

“Now that we are in a more manageable state, people are going back to their old jobs and titles. The good thing about it is that everyone is cross-trained if we were to have another push. But we’re really getting back to the heart of where we need to be and focusing on patient care and population health,” Young said.

Coon said the West Virginia Health Network is a statewide network covering more than 110,000 beneficiaries.

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