Alignment to Control Cost
What types of organizations are among those embarking on collaborative care relationships?
As healthcare leaders anticipate future economic issues, Mahan says one problem is that hospitals don't necessarily control their own cost base. "But if we have better alignment, with the idea of population management, and work toward ensuring the health of the individual, the cost of treating the patient could improve. It's better for the patient, and healthcare will be moving more toward a cooperative than competitive model," she concludes.