A survey of physicians found that over the next 10 years, they expect half of their compensation to become based on value rather than fee-for-service. Despite industry movements toward value-based reimbursement, 37 percent of healthcare CEOs say they are still in the “investigative” stage of transitioning to value-based care. This gap between reimbursement based on value and organizations’ readiness is a significant challenge to healthcare executives.
As healthcare leaders determine how to best move toward value-based care models, they must determine what tools to invest in to ease the transition. There are healthcare IT solutions that can help solve value-based care challenges in three crucial ways: by including a consultative approach, aligning with interoperability and incorporating workflow.
Value-Based Care Challenge: Deciding Where to Begin
A Turnkey, Consultative Approach
For healthcare executives still determining how to best transition to value-based care, an outside perspective can be extremely valuable. Working with an experienced team can help identify customers’ needs and determine what vendor neutral archive solution will best meet organizational goals. Possible goals may include concurrent projects, such as consolidation and implementation of value-based care initiatives.
Experts at McKesson can be a resource to organizations who are creating a roadmap for implementation. “Our turnkey solutions support trends, including value-based care and provider consolidation, providing enterprise level support across multiple systems,” says Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. “We focus on simplifying the complex with bold, transformative solutions to help clinicians improve patient health.”
Utilizing a vendor neutral archive allows health systems to access expert customer service. This expertise is valuable as more organizations undergo the critical transition to value-based care reimbursement models.
Value-Based Care Challenge: Achieving Interoperability
Aligning with Image Exchange Standards
Although standards are still being determined, a clinical data exchange solution that is in alignment with image exchange standards is needed to support interoperability. Interoperability is crucial for allowing clinicians to access longitudinal medical patient records to support care decisions. Practitioners who are reimbursed based upon the quality of care they provide need tools to help them improve patient care. Quickly accessing previous study results so medical images are not repeated unnecessarily, for example, will help clinicians have the information necessary when treating patients.
“The sooner the customer embraces interoperability in support of the patient’s longitudinal record, including structured and unstructured content, the sooner the health systems can support better patient care,” says Akyuz. “Connecting all clinical content to the right person at the right time can help improve patient health.”
Health systems that utilize a vendor neutral archive in conjunction with a clinical data exchange will be better able to achieve interoperability and more smoothly transition to value-based care models.
Value-Based Care Challenge: Caring for Complex Patients
A suite of products that includes workflow solutions helps clinicians better provide care for patients with complex, chronic illnesses. When it comes to follow-up care for sick patients, for example, solutions that support quality and communication workflows can flag serious cases in which the recommended follow-up care has not been completed. Furthermore, these workflow solutions can help capture exam information, find patterns and relay pertinent information to clinicians. Staff can then determine strategies to prevent future complications and improve patient care.
Solutions in Action
“Moving to workflow solutions that support quality and regulatory initiatives requires a change in mindset from the traditional PACS way of thinking,” says Akyuz. “People who use these solutions for some time are very positive. They specifically mention how intelligent, flexible workflows supported by a rules engine identifies bottlenecks on the enterprise level and has the tools to overcome them.
Akyuz says these workflow solutions are in alignment with the shift from volume to value-based care. “It helps you increase patient care efficiency and supports patient safety.”
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