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Preparing for the Ethics of Population Health: Our Moral Tradition Considered Anew

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Population health is increasingly important in U.S. health care in light of the Affordable Care Act and widespread acceptance of the Triple Aim framework from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that calls for improving patient experience, advancing population health and reducing the per capita cost of care. At the same time, factors such as reduced payments for preventable readmissions, partial capitation associated with Accountable Care Organizations, and new community benefit reporting requirements have increased the focus on preventing illness and improving community health. As organizations address the medical, financial and managerial aspects of these changes, it is equally important to consider the ethical implications of the new paradigm, particularly for organizations with religious foundations. This presentation will explore ways in which the Christian and Jewish traditions have framed concerns for the health of individuals and populations over time and how these moral resources/insights can guide us in 1) navigating the shift from clinical care to population health or 2) helping us pair our expertise in clinical care with contemporary needs for population health.