by Burgess Harrison
The Patient Activation Measure discovers a person's relationship with and attitude toward the healthcare system. It is a well proven process, backed up by more then 600 peer-reviewed case studies. In this context, "activation" describes a person's capability and willingness to take charge of their own health care. Activation is broken down into four identifiable levels:
The important differences between each level of activation relate to outcomes and cost. As a person's activation level rises, outcomes improve, and costs are reduced. In fact, each level of improvement (e.g., from Level 1 to Level 2) can represent a 50% decrease in the total lifetime costs of care for a participant.
This is critical because, roughly, the most frail 5 percent of healthcare patients represent over 30 percent of total healthcare costs! Therefore, improving activation levels will cause a dramatic overall cost reduction for the entire U.S. healthcare system. Because minorities and under-served populations are impacted to a greater extent than the overall population, working with these "ends of the bell curve" will produce a much greater impact overall.
Every software company should participate in our effort to gather and analyze de-identified data. They can
help support the collection of PAM scores by building its 10-question
survey into their systems, thus supporting the secure and anonymous
transfer of data to a new research repository currently being
developed. Our industry can be a leader...and should be.
Burgess Harrison is the Executive Director of the National Minority Health Association. He can be reached at thenmha.org/ or 833-367-6642.
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