Office of Health Transformation Update January 15, 2016
Align Population Health Priorities
Ohio's performance on population health outcomes has declined relative to other states over the past two decades, and Ohio has significant disparities for many health outcomes by race, income and geography. Part of the challenge is the lack of coordination across ten state-level health improvement plans and 110 local health district plans and 170 hospital community assessments/plans. In September 2015, the Governor's Office of Health Transformation (OHT) and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) convened representatives of local health districts, hospitals and state agencies to discuss options to better align population health priorities across these jurisdictions. HPIO translated these options into specific recommendations to improve state-level health assessments and plans, align local population health planning activities, and incorporate population health priorities into the same performance measures that health plans use to reward provider performance. OHT will coordinate the implementation of the HPIO recommendations in 2016.