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  • Edición impresa de Julio 3, 2012

GOSHEN, Ind. – Indiana University Health Goshen President and CEO Randy Christophel says that the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means the hospital and health system will continue full steam ahead on a path toward value-based care.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today does not change the fact that the future of health care ultimately lies in finding ways to improve the quality and reduce the cost of the care we provide to our patients,” says Christophel. “Regardless of what happens in Washington, we will continue our shift toward population health management—keeping our residents healthy instead of largely caring for them when they’re sick.”

Christophel says that IU Health Goshen has already begun putting programs in place to start the shift from a volume-based business model (payment based on the number of patients treated, often known as fee-for-service) to a value-based model (payment based on patient satisfaction and a healthy population, often referred to as accountable care, or ACO). Those programs include:

• Development of Medical Homes, which exist to closely monitor patient populations with a focus on wellness and the management of chronic conditions

• Expansion of Mobile Clinics throughout five Northeast Indiana school districts

• Development of a Health & Wellness Center serving Goshen Community Schools

• Employer partnerships resulting in employee wellness programs and on-site clinics at eight employer locations

• Clinical integration—collaboration among physicians for the patient’s benefit, leading to better care at a lower cost

“IU Health Goshen also enjoys the benefits of being part of the largest health system in the state— Indiana University Health,” says Christophel. “That partnership allows us to reduce costs and improve quality through group purchasing, sharing best practices, a reduction in borrowing costs, and the list goes on.”

Christophel points out that health care reform is a complicated, multi-faceted issue with broad implications, and even though the PPACA was upheld and all proposed reforms will be fully implemented, more work can always be done. “It is incumbent upon IU Health Goshen to do what it can in the face of any legislation to improve the health of our local communities. That will always be our purpose.”

 


 

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