Clinical Population Management (CPM)
Designed for all chronic disease specialists
working in clinical practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
CPM is designed for chronic disease specialists working in clinical practice.
Why are you creating open access to your approach for implementing Clinical Population Management (CPM)?
Joiner Associates' organizational mission is to drive innovations that solve large-scale social problems and transform the quality of individuals’ lives. The many clinicians who partnered with Joiner in developing a simple, doable approach to CPM are driven by a desire to improve the lives of chronically ill patients through better care and outcomes. CPM has proven to be exactly the kind of innovation that meets the objectives of everyone involved, which makes us all highly motivated to move it into the mainstream of chronic disease care as quickly as possible - and frankly, the only way to do that is by "giving away the store."
Selling our approach to CPM as a for-profit product would significantly limit its diffusion by creating financial barriers for physicians. Furthermore, if we put a price tag on it you'd have good reason to question everything this website tells you about CPM. All we have to gain from your decision to implement our approach is the gratification that one more physician is on the road to having the capacity to provide their very best care to the patients they serve.
Who is this CPM approach designed for?
It's designed for all chronic disease specialists working in clinical practice. This includes solo practitioners, members of multi-specialty groups, and those who are hospital based. It can be implemented by an individual within a group; it does not require adoption by all.
What time investment is required?
Our approach to CPM is based on a process designed by busy clinicians for implementation in busy practices, so keeping it "doable" is central to its design. We've made the steps as simple as possible and will continue to refine our Step-by-Step Guide for greater efficiency as we receive ongoing input from its users. Yes, getting up to speed on CPM does require modest investments of time initially, but it also yields a rapid return on investment by improving practice efficiencies.
What costs are involved?
Our approach to CPM can be implemented at no cost if you opt to build a registry from scratch using spreadsheet software (such as Excel). However, we strongly recommend investing in a simple chronic disease population registry that has all the necessary components and functions built in. Data security and protection of personal health information (PHI) are critical. Registries designed specifically for population management also enable easy data input and analysis of population-wide and individual patient data.
Why can’t we use our EMR as a population registry?
In short, the software platforms today’s EMRs are built on cannot support the analytic functions needed for CPM. EMRs are designed foremost to document services in support of billing; as such, they require practices to record individual physician-patient encounters in individual files, while offering no analytic capabilities to monitor patient care and outcomes over time.
What a population registry can do that current EMRs can’t is merge patient disease activity data across an entire disease population, enabling you to readily identify which patients need care most, who is due or overdue for assessment, and how best to align your practice workflow to improve care and outcomes at both the individual and population level.
Where can we get a population registry?
Since CPM is just entering the field of chronic disease, registry options are limited, but more are certain to emerge as the field moves broadly into using CPM. You may also build your own registry (see What costs are involved? above).
The Joiner Associates team is familiar with existing and emerging population registry options and, in the interest of expanding the use of CPM in chronic disease care, is willing to help practices understand and navigate their options. Joiner has no financial interests in any population registries, so will provide objective information and insights. If interested in such assistance, contact us.
How do we begin?
On this website, we provide a Step-by-Step Guide you and your practice team can use to implement CPM at whatever pace works best for you. A CME seminar is also in development that will walk participants through the entire process.