The beginning of 2017 marked the start of the first MACRA reporting period and a step forward for value-based healthcare. Because of MACRA—the law behind the Quality Payment Program (QPP)—from this point on, quality and efficiency will be even bigger drivers of reimbursements.

For physicians and their teams, the focus now needs to be on finding economical ways to do the most good for the most people, making population health management a critical strategy. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, practices that implement population health programs can more easily identify chronic and preventive care needs, provide planned care and outreach based on diseases or conditions, offer patients self-management support, monitor health and recommend changes to care plans, and evaluate practice performance by tracking patient data and comparing it with national guidelines and internal benchmarks.

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