As we wind up the HealthFlock Blog, I think it is important to leave healthcare providers and consumers with a listing of the top 5 things they should look for as healthcare reform initiatives are implemented.
1. Increase in Patient Accountability
Healthcare reimbursement is changing to remit payment based upon the patients’ outcomes instead of the number of patient visits. Specifically, state and federal healthcare programs will pay providers based upon whether or not the patient had a quality outcome and avoided unnecessary admissions, tests or visits. In order to achieve quality outcomes, providers are focused upon engaging patients to be more accountable for their health. Likewise, healthcare payors are modifying payor programs to make patients more responsible financially for out-of-pocket expenses. Many self-insured employer plans are already modifying premiums and benefits for employees who engage in a wellness program, have good nutrition practices or