West Conshohocken, Pa. (February 8, 2017) – Tandigm Health, a value-based healthcare company supporting primary care physicians, today announced the Population Health Champions (PHC) program, an initiative developed by the company to engage the next generation of population health leaders. This new program will work directly with select primary care physicians within the Tandigm network to promote the adoption of the value-based care model and to improve the quality of care for patients across the Philadelphia region.
“Tandigm’s network of more than 460 primary care physicians is uniquely positioned to lead the movement towards value-based care in Philadelphia,” said Patrick Adams, President and CEO, Tandigm Health. “This new program has been designed to enhance the ability of physicians to incite change from within their individual practices by providing them with added tools and resources focused specifically on this effort. Our goal is to help physicians become change agents for adopting the population health approach, while improving quality outcomes for their patients.”
The pilot program will include 25 PHC leaders from Tandigm’s physician network practices, to infuse the population health paradigm within their practices and lead their teams in the transformation to a fee for value environment. Physicians participating in the pilot program – referred to as Population Health Champions – will receive extensive training surrounding population health and the value-based model. These sessions will cover a diverse range of issues, including the challenges, recommendations, and best practices regarding population health management and office transformation. In addition, participating physicians will have access to educational webinars and program materials.
“It is an honor to be among the physicians selected by Tandigm to be a Population Health Champion,” said Dr. Geoffrey Burgess, MD. “I am confident that this program will provide the education and experience needed to truly help educate our fellow colleagues about the benefits and virtues of population management, as well as the changes required to make it successful. In doing so, we will strive to ultimately decrease the overall cost of delivering care while improving the quality of healthcare in the Philadelphia area.”
A program launch event was held on January 31 for participating physicians, featuring David B. Nash, MD, MBA, population health expert and Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) at Thomas Jefferson University. The Population Health Champions curriculum includes online modules developed by JCPH and offered through the American Association for Physician Leadership, coupled with five in-person workshops to be offered throughout 2017. Dr. Nash and Alexis Skoufalos, EdD of the College’s Center for Population Health Innovation have worked with Tandigm leaders to develop the Population Health Champions program and JCPH will be participating in the delivery of the training sessions for Tandigm physicians.
“This unique program combines the academic prowess of Jefferson with the innovation of Tandigm to create a new team of emerging leaders who will implement the population health agenda to benefit members of our community,” said Dr. Nash. “I am pleased that Tandigm recognizes the significance of a program like Population Health Champions, and I am proud to be a part of it.”