Finding a Faster Path to Value-Based Care

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Obama’s Affordable Care Act is driving a sweeping shift from volume- to value-based care. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), as of March 2016, approximately 30% of Medicare payments are tied to alternative payment models that “reward the quality of care over quantity of services provided to beneficiaries.” Over 10 million patients are currently receiving value-based care and, with the HHS’ goal to tie 90% “of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value” by 2018, the growth of value-based care appears inevitable.

In “Finding a Faster Path to Value-Based Care,” an article published June 2016, researchers surveyed 300 primary care physicians and 150 health plan executives. Though accessing patient data is crucial to providing quality, value-based patient care, siloed data remains a challenge. One of the study’s main findings is that physicians don’t feel they’re able to obtain all the data they need. Other findings include:

  • 87% of respondents agree that the disconnected nature of healthcare data impedes the delivery of high-quality care
  • 87% of respondents agreed that it’s very important (26%) or extremely important (61%) to have access to all of a patient’s medical records
  • However only 34% of physicians reported having all the healthcare information they need about their patients
  • Only 33% of physicians are satisfied with their ability to access to data within their existing workflow
  • 78% of physicians and executives agreed that a main barrier causing incomplete access to patient data is that many patients have multiple physicians who may not or cannot share data across channels such as EHRs
  • 74% also cited a lack of interoperability as a major barrier
  • 37% believe that a leading reason crucial data-sharing is stalled is because there’s no way to integrate necessary data-sharing capabilities into their current workflow

Big questions about what tools healthcare providers need remain, but what is clear is accessible technology can lighten an hospital’s burden as they shift towards value-based practices. For all levels of the organization, from the physicians to the executives, accessible data is key.

You can read more of the study’s findings by downloading it here.

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