Health systems may soon start shifting more toward value-based purchasing systems in an effort to improve quality and lower costs. A recent survey of more than 200 healthcare executives indicated that many are thinking about making this shift.
Value-based systems typically reimburse doctors for keeping patients healthy rather than for the volume of procedures they provide. Some evidence has linked this model of care to lower costs and better patient health.
In the current survey, researchers from Forbes Insights and Allscripts found that 73 percent of executives agree that providers must immediately begin shifting their operations to accommodate value-based purchasing systems.
However, many respondents recognized that implementing this type of change could be very disruptive to the broader healthcare system, which may cause delay.
The shift to a value-based system could have major implications for individuals with group health insurance. These individuals may soon see the type of attention they receive from their physician change significantly. Doctors may be able to spend more time with each patient and provide more follow-up care.