What’s needed next: Trans­parency in out­comes

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

In the April 14 is­sue, Mer­rill Goozner’s ed­i­to­rial (p. 26), not­ing the po­ten­tial value of the re­lease by the CMS of in­di­vid­ual physi­cian pay­ments, is im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by a guest ed­i­to­rial from Michael Porter and Dr. Thomas Lee (p. 27), who ad­vo­cate the con­sol­i­da­tion of some ser­vices into cen­ters of ex­cel­lence as a path­way to bet­ter out­comes and value. Both col­umns draw at­ten­tion to im­por­tant de­vel­op­ments on the jour­ney to higher-value health­care. What’s needed next is trans­parency in out­comes—risk-ad­justed, of course—to stim­u­late con­sol­i­da­tion of ser­vices around the nu­clei of clin­i­cal ex­cel­lence. Per­haps Mod­ern Health­care can use its pages to cham­pion that cause.

Dan Krupka

Twin Peaks Group Lex­ing­ton, Mass.

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