Emphasis on quality and patient safety. To plan for life under healthcare reform, it is important to look also at other changes looming in the near future, especially since so many of us have a tendency to procrastinate when a deadline is several years away. Radiologists will no doubt applaud having the quality bar raised across the country.
Participating in PQRI is a way to prepare for future pay-for-performance programs. Again, physicians are inclined to agree with the emphasis on quality. There is little room for argument regarding the growing emphasis on quality and patient safety.
What else can we expect? This is the second article in a series that examines how healthcare reform is likely to affect radiology practices and how they can prepare for drastic changes to come.
The costs of administrative overhead will continue to rise while reimbursements decrease. Preliminary ACO development activity has begun, although much of it seems to be concentrated in large multispecialty groups that would like to make sure they meet the structural definitions so they can be players in the new world of reform.
Most practices are hunkering down, slowing investments in new imaging equipment and business expansion while seeking ways to be more productive.
With mandatory accreditation imminent and requirements for quality reporting increasing, what does it mean to the radiologist as a physician and small business owner?
Many of these organizations foundered as hospitals learned that physicians as employees are less productive than they are in the private practice setting. Kroken is a consultant and principal in Healthcare Related Articles. I expect the intensity of ACO development will vary widely from one market area to another probably depending on the PHO local track record and that radiologists may find it beneficial to be included, but will probably not be leading the charge.
How do you plan for that? Practice ManagementHealthcare Reform Healthcare reform is game changer but nobody can yet fully articulate the impact of the new rules. Accountable care organizations ACOs. Get lean, learn the insurance gameit is time to get our radiology house in order with the goal of developing a lean and flexible business entity with the capacity to adjust to major financial changes.
How do you plan for the future when there are so many unknowns? In some parts of the country, radiology practices have moved to ensure an early place at the negotiating table. Radiology practices have generally been proactive in regard to accreditation and radiation safety issues, but as nonradiologist imaging facilities proliferated, ignorance of radiation safety sometimes crept in.
The Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative PQRI is currently a voluntary program, with financial rewards tied to the submission of successfully completed indicators. Maximizing technology on the business side of the practice may free up staff time to maintain documentation and manage the accreditation and quality programs.
As mentioned in the first article in this series, Surviving healthcare reform: Accountable care organizations are one of the mechanisms planned to increase efficiency and reduce administrative costs. In most parts of the country, the PHO concept failed to achieve the goals of improving care and reducing costs.
At the same time, however, payment restrictions are increasing and most growth is predicted to occur in Medicaid, the least desired insurance class.To define where you are, the past, as well as the future, requires consideration.
The past holds legacy accomplishments and stories to be leveraged into the future. It contains the organization’s memory of strategic consequences worth emulating as well as avoiding.
Future strategic direction plays a huge role in health care. In this paper, I plan to describe a minimum of five challenges that are defining the future strategic direction of health care. Future Direction of Health Care 2 Future Direction of Health Care For this week’s assignment we are asked to describe a minimum of five challenges from the list provided that are defining the future strategic direction of health care%(20).
Direction of Health Care 1 Future Direction of Health Care Caroline Walker HCA: Health Care Planning & Evaluation Instructor: Debra Storlie October 8, Direction of Health Care 2 For the past 30 years, health care spending has risen at a faster rate than the economy, nearly every year.
Participating in PQRI is a way to prepare for future pay-for-performance programs.” The key words here are “Future pay-for-performance programs,” which are mentioned (but yet undefined) in. Defining The Future Strategic Direction Of Health Care.
There are many challenges that are defining the future strategic direction of health care such as information technology advancements, access to health care, maintaining a skilled workforce, proposed health care reform and legislation, and rising costs.Download