Coordinated Care, Choice And Health Costs — The Myriad Challenges Of The U.S. Medical System
New outlets detail a range of dynamics within the health care system that can help and hinder patients ability to access affordable care.
Coordinated Care With Doctors And Hospitals Can Improve Health And Save Money
Robin Gladden's most traumatic moments weren't due to her being raised by abusive, drug-addicted parents in a violence-plagued community. Instead, she says it was because of mistakes and neglect by the health care system. Gladden, 62, is a thyroid cancer survivor who also has diabetes, bursitis, high blood pressure, acid reflux and sciatica. She’s now a satisfied patient of Kaiser Permanente, a more established form of accountable care organization (ACO) that both treats and insures its patients. (Wilmore and O'Donnell, 12/2)
How To Find $25 Million In 10 Days
Lindsey Bradley, former CEO of what was then Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas, had called a meeting in February 2015 to come up with a cost-cutting game plan. He told a group of the system's leadership that they needed to find a way to plug a giant hole that would be created when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas made big changes to its PPO plans for 2016. ... Over a 12-month span, the system saved more than $25 million—$7 million in labor management, $6 million in non-labor control, $6 million in contract renegotiation and $6 million through shorter lengths of stay. The system produced a double-digit margin last year, which it used to reinvest in technology and four new catheterization labs. (Kacik, 12/2)