By Gary Palgon, VP Healthcare Solutions, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
This year’s Goizueta’s 8th Annual Healthcare Forum was about New Strategic Initiatives in Healthcare. Dr. Catherine Palmier, MD, CMO of the SE Region of United Healthcare kicked it off with a discussion about the current changes in healthcare, but then focused on the concept of ‘Transparent Performance’. They, like a few other leaders, are pioneering performance-based pay models that reward both doctors as well as consumers for keeping the patients healthy. Jointly getting a diabetic to lose weight and track sugar levels are rewarded.
A panel discussion with representatives from multiple disciplines including payers, providers, public health and legal focused on the challenges of improving outcomes as well as the changes in healthcare related to the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. The hot button among them seems to be the definition of quality care and the data behind it. Determining what good data looks like is really difficult. If we all have different looking hair, how does it make sense that we all have the same lungs from which broad decisions can be made about them? They noted “You can’t change the healthcare system without quality measures, but getting and understanding what quality measure data is is really difficult.”
It’s easy to determine the outcomes in baseball…we need to get to that level in healthcare. It’s all about the data.
Do you agree? What’s your experience and prediction?
Until next time,