Being prepared is sound strategy in all areas of life. The Boy Scouts live by it. Homeowners in hurricane zones stay ready for the worst. And health care executives know it’s the secret to longevity in the helter-skelter world in which they operate.
Preparation is even more important now that value-based reimbursement is building momentum. Value-based care requires organizations to serve broader patient populations. Keeping healthy patients healthy and managing high-risk patients is key.
As providers round the preparation curve on the journey to value-based care, how do they keep clinical needs and administrative needs from outpacing each other? How can they prepare their employees and affiliated staff for changing their practices to fit a value-based model and making their organizations even more patient-centered?
Some providers may wince at idea of becoming more patient-centered. Isn’t everything they do focused on the patient? Of course, the desired outcome in the view of health care providers is better patient health. However, providers should ask themselves whether their processes are putting up roadblocks for patients to make things easier for doctors and nurses.
In our next post, we’ll discuss how innovative organizations are eliminating roadblocks by rethinking care delivery models and aligning incentives to build a more patient-centered model.
Further content on these subjects can be found in the new Optum eBook, “Beyond the Curve of Health Care.”