Dr. David Au Talks About Integrated Approaches to Systems of Care
David Au, MD, Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, says that hospital systems represent only one aspect of care delivery for patients who have been hospitalized. Systems of care can focus on the hospital experience, discharge processes, outpatient transitions, and more to improve readmission rates. Dr Au also addresses the role of the policy maker in hospital readmissions. He says that the policy maker should drive behavior that encourages healthy behavior in the home environment and an integrated approach to healthcare.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell's announcement that CMS would move to value-based payments was a nail in the coffin for those skeptics who believed the push for value contracting would pass, according to Joseph Gifford, MD, chief executive of the Providence-Swedish Health Alliance.
The overhaul would fix the Medicare reimbursement system and align payment with CMS' current efforts to reward value-based care. For the first time, the wealthiest seniors would be asked to pay higher premiums.
As patents on some of the most lucrative medicines began to expire, many companies shifted money to rare-disease drugs, knowing that those medicines cost less to develop and will face limited competition.