Unless you’ve been living in your hospital broom closet for the past few years, you know that healthcare these days is all about “accountable care.” But what exactly is accountable care, what’s in it for you, and how do you achieve it?
The truth is, accountable care can mean different things to different people. But to our way of thinking, accountable care represents value-based, data-driven, patient-centered care that rewards quality over quantity.
Some benefits of operating under an accountable care model include improved care results such as the following:
What’s not to like?
But seriously, operating under accountable care isn’t proving to be easy. Not every caregiver operates within the same accountable care organization (ACO), or even ACO model. Institutional workflows and administrative processes can actually hamper an organization’s ability to manage information, preventing a hospital from taking advantage of all of the different services available in a health information exchange (HIE) or other type of ACO. Moreover, not every health system is consolidated on a single electronic health record (EHR), nor does it typically have all of its patient data located in one consolidated medical record. As a result, distributing information can become tedious and manual. While many organizations may be meeting the minimum requirements of Meaningful Use, their data management systems aren’t necessarily supporting the transition to true accountable care.