Population Health News interviewed Dr. Richard Seidman, L.A. Care's Chief Medical Officer, in the "Catching Up With..." column of their June 2018 newsletter. They asked Dr. Seidman questions about how a population health approach improves health care systems and how insurers can integrate it into their work.
Health plans increasingly understand that they need to focus on the overall health of their entire population. Thinking in these terms, identifying member segments, and stratifying members based on needs can lead to improved outcomes and lower costs resulting from matching members with effective interventions.
--Richard Seidman, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care
On a personal note, Population Health News also asked Dr. Seidman how he came to practice medicine. "I’ve always liked to help people, and knew from an early age that I was good at math and science, and interested in social justice," he said. "Once I started learning about public health and medicine, I knew that I had found my calling."
Learn more about L.A. Care's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Seidman.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.