WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With thousands of political offices in contention during this year’s election, health care remains one of the most complex and hotly debated issues. To help focus these discussions, the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) has produced a primer detailing the three most critical health reform topics that every candidate should understand in order to improve the medical care their constituents receive.
“The combination of 21st century information technology, tools to measure and improve quality and payment based on outcomes, not the volume of services provided, create the optimal conditions for physicians and their patients to work together to achieve and maintain health,” said Robert Pearl, M.D., chairman of CAPP, a coalition of America’s high-performing medical groups and health systems, and executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. “Regardless of the election results, the health of our nation must be a top priority. By bringing these healthcare issues into the political discourse, the leaders of CAPP believe physicians across our nation can begin to embrace those approaches that produce the highest quality and best health outcomes.”
The issues are outlined in the newly released CAPP Health Care Primer for Candidates:
- Payment system reform to enable acceleration of the move towards value-based payment and away from the current volume-based fee-for-service model, aligning incentives to reward better patient outcomes, safety and efficiency.
- Expanded use of health information technology so care providers always have the information they need to make the best care decisions.
- Consistent and meaningful quality measurements to accurately identify high-performing medical groups and health systems.
A recent CAPP-sponsored Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives survey of over 30,000 Americans found that less than half are experiencing any aspect of accountable care as measured by care coordination, preventative care, 24/7 access to care, deployment of integrated technology, and evidence-based treatments.
“It’s encouraging that we are making progress in providing a more connected, coordinated care experience for patients that will also improve quality and safety, but unfortunately the majority of patients are still not enjoying these benefits,” noted Pearl. “That’s why we created this Primer—to draw attention to the important issues that our candidates must understand and act on to move us forward.”
Read the entire Primer here.
To find out how Americans are now receiving accountable health care, read the Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives survey sponsored by CAPP here.
To learn more about physician leadership in the work to achieve accountable care, and to receive updates on key health care issues, follow CAPP on Twitter at: @accountableDOCS
About the Council of Accountable Physician Practices:
The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), an affiliate of the AMGA Foundation, is a coalition of visionary medical group and health system leaders. We believe that physicians working together, backed by integrated services, systems and data and technology, can best shape and guide the way care is delivered so that the welfare of the patient is always the primary focus. For more information, contact CAPP at Accountablecaredoctors.org.