Healthcare leaders are cautiously optimistic about the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care.
This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
Providers continue to take a cautious approach as they prepare their organizations for a value-based future, focusing their efforts on making the necessary changes to care delivery, finance, and infrastructure they will need to transition from fee-for-service successfully. While their approach has generally been one of restraint, there are reasons for optimism given the level of progress that has been made.
According to the 2017 HealthLeaders Media Value-Based Readiness Survey, for example, respondents have a much more positive appraisal when evaluating their organizations’ level of strength in preparing for value-based care compared with last year’s survey results. Seventy-three percent say that their level of strength is very strong (21%) or somewhat strong (52%) for overall preparation for value-based care delivery changes, up 18 percentage points, and preparation for value-based financial changes is also very positive, with 72% saying that their level of strength is very strong (16%) or somewhat strong (56%), up 21 percentage points. Further, preparation of a value-based infrastructure is also encouraging, with 65% reporting that their level of strength is very strong (14%) or somewhat strong (51%), up 21 percentage points.
However, while respondents paint an optimistic picture of their level of strength in these areas, survey results also reveal that gaps in value-based competencies still exist.
“People think that they’re ready for value-based care, but based on some of the other survey results, I’m not sure they are,” says Pamela J. Stoyanoff, MBA, CPA, FACHE, executive vice president, chief operating officer at Methodist Health System, a Dallas-based nonprofit integrated healthcare network with 10 hospitals and 28 family health centers, and the lead advisor for this Intelligence Report.
Care delivery competencies
Survey results for care delivery competencies are revealing, with the majority of respondents demonstrating broad commitment to the discipline’s areas. For example, the top three care delivery areas that respondents say that their organization has committed to developing or has already developed competencies to prepare for value-based care are care coordination/guiding patients to appropriate care (79%), clinical integration (73%), and broader access to care (68%), and the top five areas all receive a response greater than 65%.
On the other hand, longitudinal patient care (40%) is low on the list of responses and is the only area below a 50% response, although its result is up nine points over last year’s survey. The response for this critical area indicates the early stage at which most respondents currently reside in the transition to value-based care. Note that as providers continue to commit to developing care delivery competencies to prepare for value-based care, longitudinal patient care will play an increasingly important role as providers manage patient care over longer periods of time and across multiple care settings.
Jonathan Bees is a research analyst for HealthLeaders.