Hot Healthcare Intervention Adds Weight at Bargaining Table

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Last week CMS launched its new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, a by-product of healthcare reform. You can read about the center’s four key targets in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, along with the United States’ continued dismal ratings in healthcare accessibility, coverage and efficiency compared to the rest of the world. Of note is the finding that while two-thirds of Dutch, New Zealand and British patients say it’s easy to get after-hours care without going to the ER, two-thirds of U.S. patients (and those in France and Canada as well) said it was difficult.

Also last week, we spoke to Advocate Physician Partners senior medical director Dr. Mark Shields in preparation for an upcoming webinar on framing an ACO through clinical integration of independent physicians. Three of Advocate Physician Partners’ 41 performance measures are related to tobacco cessation and prevention efforts, said Dr. Shields. “Smoking cessation is one of the ‘hot’ interventions to improve health and reduce cost,” he said. “It also has given us the ability to be successful at the bargaining table with managed care organizations.”

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