"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Looking for the Future of Health Care, Try Maryland

Yesterday, I read an issue brief that came across my desk from KPMG.  It was entitled, "Convergence through Accountable Care Capabilities."  There was an interesting quote from the brief that got my attention and it is as follows: "What is clear is that the transformation towards a more accountable health system cannot happen unless we are able to catalyze a series of simultaneous changes over the next three to five years.  New models need to be created, data needs to be shared, risks will need to be addressed and collaborative relationships will need to be formed."  

Now, how cool is it that at WMHS, as part of the ten-hospital Total Patient Revenue collaborative, we are already there?  TPR is certainly a new model based on value-based care delivery and no longer volume based, as a collaborative we share everything from data to best practices, we recognized the need to assume risk and can do so through improved quality and lastly, we have formed other collaborative relationships with just about every health care partner throughout our service area from pharmacies to urgent care centers to physicians to nursing homes and the list goes on.  Quite honestly, that is what got the attention of the NY Times to feature WMHS in their article on health care in Maryland.  So, the bottom line is that we don't need three to five more years.  We are now building on what we have mastered over the last three years in advancing the triple aim of health care reform: Better Care; Reduced Cost and Healthier Communities.

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