November 17, 2014

Health system sponsors City Club forum on health care delivery

Sisters of Charity Health System Chief Medical Officer Giesele Robinson Greene, M.D., participated in a recent panel discussion at The City Club of Cleveland about health care delivery titled “From Volume to Value.” The health system was also a sponsor of the forum.

The U.S. spends far more on health care than any other country. A major component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to change the way hospitals are paid, moving from a fee-for-service model based on volume to an outcomes model based on value. The goal of this new value-based care model is to lower health care costs and improve quality and outcomes for patients. How is this change being implemented in Northeast Ohio hospitals? What does it mean for patients?

The panel discussed these topics about the transition and implications of the American health care system under the ACA, focusing specifically on the shift from volume-based health care to value-based health care.

During her opening remarks, Dr. Greene said, “For the patient, you want the value-based health care system to guide you in how to stay well and treat you courteously, compassionately, efficiently, effectively and with the best medical care possible if you become ill. If you’re a payer of health care (government or commercial), it’s to your advantage to help keep healthy people well and to focus in on the 5 percent of the population that is driving 50 percent of the health care costs. That is where the value comes in—effectively managing that 5 percent that’s driving the largest amount of expenditures, then you can create better value overall for the health care system.”

Joining Dr. Greene on the panel were: Alan Hirsh, M.D., chief medical officer at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center; Alfred F. Connors, Jr., M.D., chief medical officer at MetroHealth Medical System; and David L. Longworth, M.D., chairman, Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic, and moderated by WCPN health reporter/producer Sarah Jane Tribble moderated the panel.

See the full panel discussion here.

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