There are many factors that contribute to achieving “value-based care,” some of which your practice may already be targeting—patient engagement, interoperability, outcomes, and efficiency, just to name a few! The reality is that the shift to value-based care has been underway for some time, but the change-over is accelerating with the implementation of MACRA. Whether through Alternative Payment Models or the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the emphasis is now on improving quality and reducing cost.
For most doctors, of course, delivering quality care has always been a priority, so the question really is how to document that while maintaining practice efficiency, containing costs, and continuing to provide excellent patient care. Let’s look at some of the components of Value-Based Care:
Whether you focus on all or some of these components, there will likely be a shift in how you use your EHR. To be effective in your pursuit of value-based care, you need your HIT vendor to be a true partner. Here are some questions to consider as you determine your goals and your technology needs:
- What am I doing to drive value-based care, and how are my partners supporting me?
- Where do I need more assistance?
And more specifically:
- Do I have the capability to effectively engage and maintain communication with my patients—both pre- and post-visit—to better manage their care?
- Can I track outcomes and set standards of care/protocols?
- Can my current technology improve my practice efficiency?
Don’t settle for only what is imposed by regulatory requirements—decide what is truly valuable for the care of your patients and then implement it. The right technology partners will help you to develop a strategy for achieving your patient-care goals. Remember: How to efficiently deliver the highest quality patient care is an ongoing conversation—make sure your technology partners are holding up their end of it.
Let’s continue the conversation – tell us what you are doing to drive value-based care.
Prior to joining SRS, Christine worked at NYU for 11 years where she also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management.
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