Tag Archives: healthcare delivery

Do Value Based Payment Models Really Work?

For those in the value-based payment (VBP) world, we are constantly asking the question; “Is what we are doing impactful and adding value to quality, service, and costs, to those we serve?” A recent study in Health Affairs analyzed 20 years of commercial VBP studies and found mixed results. And from this information, it’s possible to formulate a… Read More »

A Deeper Look at Structural Racism in US Health Care Policy

Structural racism refers to, “The totality of ways societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, credit, media, health care, and criminal justice.” One of the leading structural components that has led to the inequitable distribution of health services is healthcare financing, i.e., insurance coverage. Inadequate health insurance coverage is one of the most prevalent barriers… Read More »

A Bell-Shaped Curve and Healthcare Grading

Healthcare is brimming with competitive clinicians and administrators. CMS and other “grading” agencies pit us against each other concerning benchmarking, penalties, and value-based payments. But does this methodology promote better patient care? Most of our quality and experience metrics are “graded” on a bell-shaped curve; in other words, how we do, compared to others? This constant analysis leads… Read More »

How Can We Lower Administrative Costs?

As we continue to focus on healthcare affordability, the topic of administrative waste rises to the forefront of many discussions. These are the costs associated with the delivery of healthcare and its associated payment functions that do not directly impact the outcome of care. Furthermore, one can view these dollars as detrimental to care because they drive up… Read More »

Is Our Need for Choice Driving Up the Cost of Healthcare?

We are a country founded on individual rights. As a society, we have also decided that healthcare is a right of citizenship; we do not permit the denial of care based on one’s ability to pay. Unfortunately, the cost of the administrative components of the healthcare ecosystem is a burden on the overall cost of care. Many of… Read More »

Understanding Virtual Primary Care, And the Value It Brings

As we continue to identify the benefits of telehealth, we must delineate how this form of technology most efficiently impacts primary care services. One can view such digital interventions as either substitutive or additional. If one utilizes an electronic visit instead of an in-person visit, this is an example of substitution. We are now categorizing this modality as… Read More »

Is Evidence-Based Medicine Being Used in Drug Step Therapy?

Pharmaceutical costs continue to rise and are increasingly becoming a significant portion of medical spending for care. There have been many attempts to stem this ever-increasing portion of the total cost of care including, increased generic utilization, value-based incentive models, and the use of drug step therapy protocols. Specifically, this latter model requires the administration of specific agents… Read More »

When Should We Stop Certain Regulations?

In healthcare, we have become accustomed to ongoing Medicare regulatory oversight and changes. Many of these regulations are implemented to drive specific behaviors that are focused on improving quality and/or reducing costs. One such measure is the Medicare Two-Night Rule. This rule, created in 2013, was designed to replace the inappropriate inpatient admission status stays with what they… Read More »

Considering Different Payment Models for Primary Care

As we continue to focus on value-based care, how we design our value-based payment models continues to be critical. Historically, we have oversimplified the polarity by placing a fee-for-service on one end of the spectrum and global capitation payments on the opposite side. Thus, creating the idea that these two payment mechanisms are counter to each other, and… Read More »