As the healthcare systems transition from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payment, care coordination programs must play a pivotal role, writes Bruce A. Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, an independent public charity focused on transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence, in a Huffington Post column.
He says the following:
“To succeed, health plans and their contracted networks must develop far more robust care coordination programs and broaden their networks to include a comprehensive set of non-medical, community-based service providers. … What is clear is that community-focused care coordination, particularly at times of transition like hospital to home, is the lynchpin to better care at lower costs. Extending current network models to include community-based providers that can deliver this robust care coordination and judiciously manage specific community-oriented services is the immediate challenge.”