Chester Ho, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Health Alliance Medical Plans; Population Health, Carle Health

Dr. Chester (Chet) Ho joined Health Alliance in 2020 as the physician executive overseeing the Health Alliance and Carle HealthPopulation Health services model focusing on predictive and actionable analytics, care management, quality improvement, risk adjustment, physician/provider engagement, user interfaces, and value-based payment strategies.

Dr. Ho has over 20 years of physician executive experience in the provider, payer, and healthcare management consulting areas. His previous experience on the provider side includes multi-specialty physician group leadership, practice and hospital operations, recruiting, physician/provider compensation, and population health model design. Dr. Ho also has health plan experience as a UM medical director and Chief Medical Officer. Most recently, Dr. Ho spent 7 years at Evolent Health, a national healthcare management company, as Chief Medical Officer overseeing clinical, quality, and value-based provider performance services for Evolent’s national provider partners with ACOs, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage health plans.

Dr. Ho is a Board Certified Pediatrician who received his Medical Degree from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and has done leadership coursework in business, finance, quality, and managing physician performance through the American Association of Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives).

Speaker Sessions

26. How to Succeed in Population Health Across Risk-Bearing Entities and Value-Based Payment Arrangements

Level: Intermediate
Track: Population Health and Value-Based Care

Hidden opportunities can be found among health systems and other risk-bearing entities to improve the quality and decrease the costs of providing healthcare to at-risk patient populations. Discover how Health Alliance, a vertically integrated health system with a health plan and population health organization, found and maximized these opportunities by breaking down the barriers between entities to accomplish two fundamental goals:

  • Implement a system-wide structure to manage sustainable population health efforts.
  • Develop and implement a population health care model that improves the quality and reduces costs associated with a fully at-risk (capitated) population.

Early reviews of the population data, even accounting for the impact of COVID-19, show a 30 to 40% reduction in ED utilization and 27% decrease in readmissions. Data supports a 2.8:1 return on investment.

Participants will learn:

  • Where population health staff must be embedded to make the biggest difference.
  • What goals matter most when creating scalable population health programs.
  • How program value can be proven even during utilization changes (such as those caused by COVID).

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