Heartbeat 1-19-2013

Heartbeat 1-19-2013
        the entire concept of an affordable care organization, or an ACO, is completely different than our current system. our current system is nonsustainable, i think most of us understand that.**
          - we're going to be given a group of people, a population, in this case, medicare members. and we're responsible for the health of that entire population, the outcome of each individual. so we're going to be much more motivated to understand the health status of each patient, what's going on with each patient

THE CURRENT SYSTEM PAYS BASED ON HOW MANY SERVICES ARE PERFORMED, NOT HOW *WELL* SERVICES ARE PERFORMED.
BUT THE DISTINCTION OF AN 'ACO' IS ALL IN THE NAME -- IT'S A SYSTEM THAT MAKES DOCTORS MORE *ACCOUNTABLE* FOR THEIR PATIENTS OVERALL WELLBEING.

        - we're going to try and connect all of the dots between primary care and specialty care, inpatient care and outpatient care, post-acute care. to try and make it more affordable, not only for the patient, but also the community and the country as a whole.

WITH THE BABY BOOMERS REACHING THEIR 60'S, EXPERTS PREDICT SERIOUS STRAIN ON THE MEDICARE SYSTEM.
BY COORDINATING THEIR EFFORTS TO KEEP A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE HEALTHY, COVENANT AND THEIR PHYSICIANS SAY IT'LL HELP RELIEVE THAT STRAIN.

..everyone gets a financial reward, because the country will be paying less for the same type of care, we won't be reproducing care that's already been done elsewhere, the patients will get better care, at a better price.

COVENANT WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST 'ACO'S' IN THE COUNTRY, SERVING 15-THOUSAND MEDICARE PATIENTS.
THEY SAY BEING SELECTED SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE CALIBER OF HEALTHCARE HERE IN WEST TEXAS.


        - well i think this is a remarkable event, in that an organization here in lubbock texas was chosen for a pilot program such as this.
        - we're an organization that's a little progressive in our thinking, we want to be prepared for the future, we want to be ahead of the changes coming to healthcare, we don' t want to be behind the curve.
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