The Population Health Management Program is a partnership between LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana. It was created to introduce LSU Health Sciences Center medical students and residents to Medicaid managed care and the concept of population health management. Upon completion of the rotation, participants will have a broad understanding of managed care operations and will be better suited to practice in collaboration with others to improve healthcare outcomes.
Participation in the Rotation Program is open to LSU 1st and 4th year medical students and Residents. Program participants spend 4 weeks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Health Louisiana Medicaid managed care organization. The organization employs an integrated behavioral and physical health model of care to address components of population health that impacts health outcomes of its members. Rotation participants will experience a broad overview of clinical operations and have the opportunity for in-depth engagement into their area of interest. Available areas include:
- Integrated Health Care Management
- Quality / HEDIS
- Utilization Management
- Behavioral Health
- Medical Economics
- Value-Based Contracting
- Health Equity
A sample of topics researched by rotation participants includes factors contributing to emergency department utilization by patients with sickle cell disease, ADHD quality improvement, health education on the opioid epidemic in Louisiana.
“My summer rotation at AmeriHealth Caritas was an excellent experience that taught me about the issues facing health care for Louisiana’s most vulnerable populations. Working at a Managed Care Organization gives a unique perspective on the intersection of health insurance, public health, and individual patient outcomes.”
Daniel McBride, Rotation Intern
Compensation for medical students is $21/hour. 1st year medical students can apply to participate in the summer following completion of all coursework. A requirement for 4th year medical students is to enroll in the Elective course – MED-420-Population Health Management.
Students interested in the program should contact the Population Health Management Rotation Program Director
Dr. Peggy Honoré
Rotation Application (.pdf)