Working Group Projects North of $100B in Healthcare Savings over Next Decade
Finding a way for healthcare organizations to deliver care without wasting money is just one of the holy grails in improving the quality of healthcare during sweeping reform. In California an unlikely collaborative is taking shape in which this primary question will hopefully be answered — at least partially. From a UC Berkeley press release:
Global budgets, whereby physicians and hospitals optimize care under pre-determined expenditure targets, are a major shift from today’s predominantly fee-for-service environment. The current system, in which providers are paid for each treatment or procedure rendered, leads to the provision of more and duplicative services rather than efficient care that promotes good health, the report authors said.
“For the first time, the key actors who deliver and pay for our health care have come together to support a roadmap for fundamental change in how we buy and provide health care services,” said forum chair Stephen Shortell, the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and dean of the School of Public Health. “They agreed that fee-for-service must be put to bed and that they support actions to move towards global budgets that will facilitate major innovations in delivering better, more coordinated care.”
The year-long working group will include policy experts from the University of California, Berkeley, CEOs of major health insurers and health care delivery systems, and leaders from California’s public sector. Better care delivery (integrated care) at a lower cost ($100B over 10 years; $800 per household per year). If California can find an answer, perhaps we should all take heed. | LINK