Invest in infrastructure
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