The traditional approach to access in the healthcare system has been to simply allow patients to wait in line – something that patients are increasingly unwilling to do.
With the AHC model, CMS aims to improve overall care by steering Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to social services available in their communities.
A coordinated post-acute care model can help keep patients from returning to ER.
Telemedicine is increasingly becoming a viable means of reaching patients who are located in remote areas, unable to travel, or want a more convenient healthcare experience.
Coordination is at the heart of patient-centered care. As the medical neighborhood model evolves, Emma Mandell Gray talks about the tools and processes providers are using to improve coordination and what the early returns have been.
Under MACRA, it's clear that providers will have to manage the cost of care and demonstrate value. But the legislation will also have implications that are not so obvious.
Bringing specialists and nonclinical providers into the “medical neighborhood” is one approach to mitigating fragmented care, reducing frustration, and ultimately improving outcomes.
Patient complexity is one of the biggest factors reshaping the health care industry, but it’s not top of mind for most hospitals. That’s going to change rapidly as value-based principles and capitated models take hold, incentivizing hospitals to limit inappropriate health care utilization.
Academic medical centers (AMCs) have over the years been adding community hospital platforms to their networks, either to expand into a geographically desirable location or to provide a chassis where clinical activity can take place away from the main campus. But now, against a backdrop of payment reform, a third reason has emerged: to lower the per-unit cost of care across their networks.
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