This blog is part 2 of a discussion of value-based care—the new paradigm in which care is no longer delivered only by doctors and nurses, but by an entire community of providers that treat the “whole” patient rather than just treating the disease. The focus is on treating the entirety of a patient’s needs to bring about better health outcomes—which means that communication and care plans no long reside solely within a doctor’s office. To achieve this objective, the industry is migrating to a de facto set of standards that it is believed will take us down the right path. Read more “Value-Based Care—The Future of Health Care: Part 2 of 2”
Value-based care creates a new paradigm—one in which care is no longer delivered only by doctors and nurses, but by an entire community of providers that treat the “whole” patient rather than just treating the disease. Communication and care plans can no longer live inside the four walls of a doctor’s office, but must integrate information from the community to fully address the needs of the patient and of the population. Further, those members of a patient’s care team must work together to deliver an effective and coordinated treatment experience. This blog—part 1 of a 2-part series—introduces the idea of value-based care, and discusses how integrating care coordination with robust analytics into a single platform provides the big picture of patient care, enabling efficient, collaborative care for diverse teams to treat complex populations. Part 1 is an introduction, intended for those starting to explore the idea of value-based care. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be a deeper dive into some of the key issues facing the industry.
Remember the days when you had to use two different platforms for phone calls and for calendaring and task management? In today’s iPhone/Android laden world, such a separation seems heretical. Yet in healthcare’s hot new niche of population health management, we see that same heresy in the artificial, and suboptimal divide between care coordination/management software and analytic software. Read more “Care Coordination and Analytics Together”
Our previous posts have discussed the details of managing care team assignment and composition that’s customized for the whole patient as well as managing patient and population care systems. Now, we move onto the fourth and final discussion topic in this series for supporting a care coordination program using technology: measurement & reporting.
The last step in any effective process is to monitor progress, analyze results and make adjustments accordingly. But in order to track program success, you must start by implementing a measurement strategy that’s unified. Read more “Care Coordination Automation: Tracking Success, Part 4”
In our previous posts, we’ve discussed whole patient care and the use of technology to build coordinated care teams. Now it’s time to delve deeper and address how to leverage technological tools when treating and managing patients in a collaborative care setting.
Developing the right care plan for each patient requires the dedication of a multidisciplinary team, innovative technologies and an intimate connection with patients. Whole patient care means assembling a comprehensive network of healthcare providers – behaviorists, administrators, social workers, general physicians, payer care managers and specialists – and then assigning patients to the teams best suited to treat their individual conditions. Read more “Care Coordination Automation: Management Cycles, Part III”
We’ve been talking about using health information technology to leverage both algorithmic automation and expert-human execution for your coordinated care and population health management program. Our last post introduced the first step to effective and efficient collaborative care: Population Determination & Outreach. After defining the patient population in need of care coordination and successfully reaching out to this group, it’s time for the second stage: Care Team Assignment & Composition. Read more “Care Coordination Automation: Use Your Technology, Part II”
This is the age of automation and applications. This is the age of healthcare reconstruction. Fuse these trends and you get a force much greater than its individual parts: powerful technology that catalyzes comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective coordinated care for accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other collaborative care models. Read more “Care Coordination Automation: Use Your Technology, Part 1”
As the tweets, blog posts and media hype about the HIMSS14 Conference are finally winding down, it’s time to step back and take a strategic look at the overarching theme in health information technology: population health management. Read more “Population Health Management & HIMSS14: Not Just “Talking The Talk””
After you have established a clear picture of your patient population, created a solid care coordination network, developed a robust program performance monitoring system, and re-aligned your Accountable Care Organization payment model, there’s one final and critical step on your path to ACO success… Read more “Accountable Care Success Steps: Engaging Your Patient Population”
In order to be successful your Accountable Care Organization needs:
- a clear picture of your patient population
- a solid clinical program and care coordination network
- an in-depth understanding of the data an metrics behind program performance
But that’s not all. Your ACO requires significant investments of time, energy, dedicated leadership, solid governance and organizational structures and, most importantly, a strong and unwavering commitment among all participants to transition from a Fee-for-Service (FFS) to a Fee-for-Value (FFV) payment model. Read more “Accountable Care Success Steps: Payment Model And Incentive Alignment”