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UCHealth ponders the state of the patient nation


​With a significant nudge from the federal government, UCHealth and other health care systems across the country continue to lay the foundation for changes in the way they deliver care. The goal: build a system that provides integrated, coordinated services to a defined group of patients with different clinical and social needs.
 
The approach, dubbed “population health,” isn’t new, but it has gained momentum the past several years as health care costs continue to take a big bite from the budgets of employers, health insurance payers and individual consumers. The idea is to replace fragmented, episodic care that rewards volume but often fails to address long-term health care issues and needs with a system that rewards value, as measured by clinical outcomes, efficient use of resources, and patient and provider satisfaction.