This article was originally published in the September issue of Managed Care Contracting & Reimbursement Advisor.
Accountable care is not a new concept to physicians, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is creating new pressure to get patients more actively involved in their care, says Erica Drazen, managing partner for emerging practices with the healthcare consulting firm CSC in Waltham, MA. Not only will patients' health improve, but the practice's revenue also can benefit.
PPACA includes several provisions that will tie reimbursement to performance, including:
"Clearly, change is afoot. As healthcare organizations become more accountable for the care they provide, engaging patients in their health, wellness, and medical decisions will be increasingly important," Drazen says. "However, the biggest challenge lies in how to successfully motivate patients to take an active role in their health and medical decisions."
Along with CSC research analyst Caitlin Lorincz, Drazen recently authored a report, Preparing for Accountable Care, which details the four dimensions of health IT tools needed to successfully engage patients and how healthcare organizations can move ahead in implementing these tools. (The full report can be found online.)