Quality and Cost
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 02:00
That’s the crux of any Accountable Care Organization – quality and cost. How we get there varies greatly. KCMPA is a physician-led ACO. I have always thought that would increase our chance of success. National policy experts recently published a report saying they think so, too. Every physician knows that some procedures, tests, etc. in their specialty have value and others don’t. In a physician-led ACO, incentives focus attention on interventions that have clinical relevance and referrals go to providers who agree – no need for extra stuff if it won’t actually improve health – even if patients want the extras.