Defining Population Health

What does it mean when someone says they want to improve population health? The first step is to agree on what population health is. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute offers a practical definition that’s gained traction in the public health community in recent years. They define population health as a combination of health…

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Why do VHHA and VDH Listed EED Rates Differ?

VHHA was recently approached by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding concerns about high early elective delivery (EED) rates in Virginia. EEDs are a public health concern because data indicate that delivery prior to 39 weeks puts infants at risk for serious health complications because vital organs such as the brain, lungs, and liver…

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The Effect on Hospital Services When Uninsured Patients Become Insured

The availability of insurance has not reduced the number of Virginia uninsured patients. But those who are still uninsured appear to use services that differ from their insured counterparts. The charts below illustrate the trends from 2012 and 2014. The most frequent discharge diagnosis for insured patients is a delivery diagnosis-related group (DRG). For uninsured…

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