The traditional health care payment system favors quantity over quality. Because health care providers are compensated on a per service basis, they profit more from a high volume of patient visits, treatments, and procedures. This system isn’t conducive to preventative medicine because a healthy person wouldn’t generate as much profit as an unhealthy person.
How do accountable care organizations (ACO) solve this problem?
An ACO differs from the traditional system by rewarding health care professionals for keeping their patients healthy and reducing the number of procedures they need. Partnering with an ACO means the focus is on quality of care instead of quantity. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider partnering with an ACO:
1. The focus is on the patient, not the paycheck. The compensation system of an ACO facilitates more communication among caregivers and patients. Because one single doctor doesn’t have all the answers all the time, communication among a patient’s multiple doctors is important for giving accurate diagnoses and treatment. The ACO system requires communication by giving physicians an incentive to find care options specific to each patient’s needs.
2. Patients will have access to a larger team of healthcare professionals. An ACO brings health professionals and providers that share similar values together. As part of an ACO, patients and professionals will have access to the expertise of other professionals within their ACO’s network. This network also means that patients waste less time filling out forms and answering questions about their health. Because every member of the ACO is connected, patient information can be shared easily and securely among them.
3. Preventative care becomes essential to reducing costs and keeping patients healthy. This cost-effective care model means everyone benefits by improving and maintaining the health of patients. Not only does a patient’s health become more of a priority, but preventative care reduces long term spending. When you identify and treat a health problem early on, you save on possible costly, invasive treatments that would have been needed in the future.
At the Catholic Benefits Trust, we take a similar approach with our healthcare payment system. Instead of focusing on profits, we focus on providing the best care options for our members. You can learn more about our flexible, low-cost health care solutions on our website or when you contact us.