Integrating population health into everyday pharmacy practice
“Pop health is not something that occurs on the side of a desk by a silent group of individuals. It truly is something that has to be integrated into the entire organization.”
In late 2015, Charles McCluskey embarked on a quest with a half-dozen other clinical and functional leaders from OhioHealth to build a population health strategy from scratch.
Fast forward three years—and countless data reviews, strategy sessions, outreach meetings, community assessments, and gallons of coffee—and McCluskey’s pop health pharmacy staff was managing multiple programs benefiting approximately 35,000 attributed lives. The programs continue to evolve today.
At the same time, McCluskey oversees all of OhioHealth pharmacy lines, including operations for all hospital pharmacies, hospital-based clinics, retail/discharge pharmacy, clinical practice sites with physician offices, and home infusion.
“As pharmacists,” he said, “we have a lot of unique capabilities that bring value to the population health space. We’re just starting to hit our stride. We have a lot more to give.”
- Staff beds2,114
- Medical Staff3,834
- Specialty Pharmacy1
- Physician Group4
- Ambulatory Surgery Center13
- Imaging Center25
- Home Health Agency2
- Skilled Nursing Facility3
- Urgent Care Clinic12
- Rural Health Clinic4