Cost control and containment is a leading topic of concern in the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers are looking to control costs, while maintaining quality of care and patient satisfaction by engaging patients at all levels of care, such as:
Patients with chronic illnesses. These high-risk patients are in regular contact with nurse navigators or population health coordinators who assist in managing their illness by scheduling and maintaining appointments, thereby reducing the chance of a costly emergency room visit or hospitalization.
Patients who are at risk for developing a chronic illness. These patients are encouraged to follow up and obtain preventative screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and lipid screenings to proactively manage their health.
Low risk patients. Low risk patients are sent annual reminders to schedule preventative check-ups to ensure they are maintaining their wellness.
Organizations are also taking steps to reduce the cost of their employee health care. Employers are placing increasingly greater financial responsibility on their employees as they assume more responsibility for their health care choices. Higher deductible plans, promoting in-network vs. out-of-network coverage, Healthcare Savings Accounts, and investing in wellness and prevention programs are examples of these cost-controlling changes.
KHA was recently invited by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians to participate in a webinar for NJ medical practices that are part of the federal Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative established by the CMS to strengthen the delivery of primary care in the U.S.