HFMA Finds Hospitals Preparing for Shift to Value-Based Healthcare

A recent report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Value Project suggests hospitals and health systems are preparing for changes in payments as reimbursements shift to value-based models, according to an HFMA report.

The Value Project aims to help guide the transition from a volume-based to a value-based healthcare system. The Project's first report, "Value in Health Care: Current State and Future Directions" includes the following key findings:

  • Thirty-five percent of organizations have begun investing in population health management or are planning to within the next two years.
  • Twenty-seven percent of organizations involve physician leaders in resource allocation and decision making.

The report also includes the following recommendations for health systems:
  • Organize efforts around driving value for purchasers of care by improving the quality of care while reducing the amount paid for care.
  • Develop four key capabilities of value
    • People and culture –— Create a culture of collaboration, creativity and accountability.
    • Business intelligence — Collect, analyze and connect accurate quality and financial data to support organizational decision making.
    • Performance improvement — Use data to reduce variability in clinical processes and improve the delivery, cost effectiveness, and outcomes of care.
    • Contract and risk management — Develop and manage effective care networks and predict and manage different forms of patient-related risk.
  • Communicate value to purchasers by developing a system of key value metrics that provide meaningful and comparable information
Read the report on the HFMA Value Project.

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