In­vest in in­fra­struc­ture

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

It’s un­for­tu­nate that our rep­re­sen­ta­tives are to­tally miss­ing the boat on what the “real” prob­lems are in our cur­rent health­care sys­tem.

We need in­fra­struc­ture from our gov­ern­ment to re­ally make a huge dif­fer­ence. Our gov­ern­ment has pro­vided high­way sys­tems, postal ser­vices, li­braries, ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems that are the core in­fra­struc­ture of our ex­is­tence. We don’t have that in health­care; we have every­one pro­tect­ing his or her own in­ter­est.

Com­plete the im­ple­men­ta­tion and ac­tu­ally en­force the Health In­sur­ance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act of 1996. Also, cre­ate the in­fra­struc­ture to route clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion from provider to provider as well as other ad­min­is­tra­tive trans­ac­tions. (We don’t need clear­ing­houses get­ting in the clin­i­cal busi­ness.) Health sys­tems, hos­pi­tals and physi­cian prac­tices need to step up and run them­selves more ef­fi­ciently.

It’s great that every­one is go­ing to have some type of in­sur­ance cov­er­age, but a lot of the prac­tices and health sys­tems my or­ga­ni­za­tion works with are chal­lenged at ac­tu­ally record­ing the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion when that pa­tient presents. Th­ese are in­dus­try­wide chal­lenges; there is no one group to blame for where we are at. All fac­tions must look at them­selves and get bet­ter while keep­ing the pa­tients’ best in­ter­ests and ex­pe­ri­ences the sole fo­cus.

That may mean some busi­nesses go away and oth­ers are cre­ated, but it’s change that we need to em­brace.

Paul Casey Pres­i­dent and CEO MD So­lu­tions

Bos­ton

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