Health Affairs writes about the need to address the root causes of increasing healthcare costs, namely the “fundamentals of care and payment,” as well as administrative waste and burdens. Specifically, Health Affairs notes that “the only sustainable and feasible way to reduce and slow increasing healthcare costs is to restructure health care delivery and payment systems from the bottom up—at the community level—with all stakeholders making needed changes, then diffusing the lessons they’ve learned.” This includes redesigning care delivery and payment systems at the community level.
The article goes on to call our specific examples of states/organizations that are leading the way with this transformation. The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is called out as a project that is working towards more standardized measurement and reporting tools in five regions across the US, including Maryland. Additional examples are shared from Tulsa, OK, Humboldt County, CA, and Baton Rouge, LA.
DCHI’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative is a community-based model of healthcare that involves stakeholders from statewide governments, local health systems, community organizations, insurers, and area employers. The role of Healthy Neighborhoods is to implement sustainable interventions/programming that will improve the quality of life for every Delawarean, as well as to work in conjunction with other DCHI committees focused on payment reform and practice transformation, ultimately creating a model of healthcare that will allow the state to become of the five healthiest in the nation. To learn more, visit us at https://www.dehealthinnovation.org/.
Articles posted do not reflect the views or opinion of DCHI, but are meant to foster meaningful discussion about the opportunities and challenges driving healthcare reform.