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Physicians Receptive to Using Data to Drive Value-Based Care

Michael R Udwin imageIt’s not naïve to posit that physicians genuinely want the best for their patients. Historically, this was validated by reputation within the community, peer referral patterns, and personal achievement standards. The advent of technology and commensurate analytics enabled the collection of both process and outcome metrics. With the transition from volume- to value-based reimbursement physicians are in a unique position to define the metrics used to characterize high-value best practice.

It has been suggested that few physicians are actively participating in value-based reimbursement. Yet, the very high adherence to inpatient medical and surgical core measure sets illustrates the effective collaboration between hospital staff and physician community. It also highlights the adage “we manage what we measure.” When physicians understood the importance and visibility tied to core measures, they readily engaged in work flow solutions likely to benefit their patients.

Physicians know better than most what defines meaningful care for their patients. Today, especially in the outpatient arena, value is typically determined by adherence to preventive care guidelines. With the tsunami of process and outcome metrics likely to be available in the coming years, physician insight and perspective will be critical in both selecting relevant outcome measures and establishing bold but realistic benchmarks. In the meantime, thoughtful collaboration with CIOs, CMIOs, and CMOs in the successful development, implementation and use of clinical pathways across the continuum can ensure best practice and set the standard for true value-based care.

Michael R. Udwin, MD, FACOG
National Medical Director
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