Look­ing be­yond prices

Em­ploy­ers can use their buy­ing power to push value-based pur­chas­ing

Modern Healthcare - - Special Feature -

pos­i­tive and pro­found ef­fects on im­prov­ing the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of health­care ser­vices. In­deed, it is the ig­ni­tion for broader health­care de­liv­ery re­form. Build­ing on the pil­lars of value mea­sure­ment, full trans­parency, provider

Much has changed in the year since the last sur­vey, yet the sig­nif­i­cance of value-based pur­chas­ing is stronger than ever. Along with many other Amer­i­cans, I spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time mon­i­tor­ing the prospects of fed­eral health­care leg­is­la­tion. Cou­pled with the mas­sive pres­sures put on U.S. busi­nesses be­cause of the re­ces­sion, the is­sue was en­gag­ing and con­tentious and the stakes enor­mous. Would health re­form pass?

Clearly, the ques­tion has now been an­swered, and it ap­pears that re­form is here to stay. More­over, value-based pur­chas­ing as a driver of de­liv­ery sys­tem re­form is embed­ded within the land­mark Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act and now an im­por­tant part of the health pol­icy lex­i­con. The health­care com­mu­nity is faced, how­ever, with a se­ries of more prag­matic ques­tions. How will we im­ple­ment the var­i­ous changes? What can we do to man­age re­lated

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