Michael Kobernick, MD, MS, MS-PopH, CPE is an experienced physician executive using his wide range of clinical and administrative experiences to assist organizations and individuals achieve their health care objectives. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Health’s SmartHealth medical plan, and a Lecturer at Jefferson College of Population Health. SmartHealth covers around 210,000 employees in 70 different hospitals owned by Ascension across the United States. Jefferson College of Population Health is the first college of its kind in US, dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Dr. Kobernick is recognized as an expert in Population Health, Health Insurance, and Medical Leadership, in addition to his clinical specialties in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kobernick completed his undergraduate and medical education at Michigan State University, and his Master of Science in Population Health from Jefferson College. Prior to joining SmartHealth, Dr. Kobernick was Medical Director of the Macomb ED. In 2007, the University of Detroit-Mercy recognized him as Alumni of the Year and in 2012, he was recognized as a “Top Doc” in the Detroit area.
Many healthcare organizations go down the path of implementing broad, sweeping initiatives to try to improve population health without recognizing the importance of addressing fundamental issues like the social determinants of health, and the needs of smaller segments of the groups they serve. This, coupled with the lack of a consistent planning methodology, leads to costly project variation and variable results. It also makes it difficult to determine the value of a program, or justify the spread of an initiative to other care settings or locations.
Presented here is a roadmap and template guide for population health improvement initiatives that addresses these concerns. The presentation includes an explanation of the template’s development and evaluation, and instructions on its use. Actual examples of how the template has been applied will be presented, and table exercises will provide the attendee with hands on experience using the template. This guide creates a standardized population health approach to project planning and execution that may be applied to all types of health improvement initiatives and a variety of patient populations.