While just about everyone recognizes that there are problems with healthcare in the United States, relatively few can agree on the causes. Among the most frequently identified issues, though, a few are now the subject of relatively little controversy. Most experts now agree, for instance, that the fee for service model of healthcare does not do a very good job of controlling rising costs. In fact, many analysts now figure it to be one of the most significant contributors to healthcare cost inflation of all, a conclusion that formerly would have seemed controversial.
While fee for service healthcare is not about to disappear anytime soon, many organizations are exploring the alternatives. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have been aggressive about encouraging experimentation, and some of the early results seem promising. Instead of having healthcare provided on a basically reactionary basis, paying for improved overall health for entire populations can seem to make much more sense.
A number of hospital groups and clinics are even now proving that this can be the case. At the physician-owned Coordinate Health system in Pennsylvania, for instance, a new President is pushing through exactly such changes. With the doctor-owners of the group being committed to delivering accessible healthcare at affordable prices, something clearly needed to be done.
As those who read about it on Linkedin will see, this is not to say that switching away from fee for service healthcare provision is always easy. With entire business models being built upon such assumptions, finding a way to transition to something else can be difficult. As a result, it will often take a good deal of commitment and willingness to work through some troubles in order to achieve the desired results.
That could seem like a reason to prefer the status quo, but this is seeming increasingly untenable to many. While plenty of creativity, resolve, and energy will likely be needed if things are to move forward, the need to rally these resources has never been clearer. Business leaders who are capable of bringing out the best in their own organizations and employees will therefore probably prove to be every bit as important as the doctors, nurses, and others in the trenches.