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N.Y.-Presbyterian creating population-health division

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New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System’s Weill Cornell campus, on the East River.

New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System  is creating a population-health division in part to aid the system’s planning for the huge healthcare changes underway and accelerating.

The population-health division will be within the delivery network, with a leadership team of two physicians at the top to “enable its continue success under its new model of integrated care,”  the system said.

New York-Presbyterian, which is linked with the Cornell and Columbia medical schools, has been moving in the population-health direction for some time. Initiatives have included its 13 patient-centered medical homes in its ambulatory-care network and a joint venture with the two medical schools to start a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization earlier this year.

Now, apparently, the system has reached critical mass to have a  formal population-health unit.

The division will, among other things, boost its ability to analyze claims data and improve care-management skills. Officials are also looking into such things as boosting partnerships with retail health clinics and dramatically increasing the use of telemedicine.

The system thinks that three to five years will be needed to get the new population-health program up to  full speed.


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