New Study of Physicians and Health Plan Executives Reveals Actions Needed to Accelerate Value-Based Care
"This study shows that physicians and health plan executives differ in their perceptions of how effectively the nation's healthcare system is progressing toward value-based care," said
The study is based on a survey of hospital-affiliated primary care physicians and health plan executives. Key findings from the study include:
- Complexity is impeding adoption: While three quarters of all survey respondents agreed that "quality measures are useful in improving care quality," only about half (54 percent) of all respondents agreed that "it's clear to physicians which quality measures apply to their individual patients under relevant value-based care models." Seventy-four percent of respondents agreed that "quality measures are too complex, and this makes it difficult for physicians to achieve them."
- Access to complete patient data is critical and still lacking: Eighty-seven percent of all respondents said that it's very important (26 percent) or extremely important (61 percent) to have access to all of a patient's medical records. Yet, about two-thirds (65 percent) of physicians said they do not have all the healthcare information they need about their patients. In addition, only 36 percent of physicians said they're satisfied with access they have to patient data within their existing workflows. Limitations to having better information include: "patients can have many physicians [who] may not share information across EHRs or other channels" (78 percent), "lack of interoperability" (74 percent) and "no way to integrate into current workflow" (37 percent).
- New tools are needed – and wanted – at the point of care: As to whether a tool exists within the physician's workflow that is "aligned with providing quality and value-based care today," nearly half (48 percent) of all respondents said no or they weren't sure. And while 44 percent of health plan executives believed that physicians have the tools needed to succeed in a value-based care system, only 29 percent of physicians agreed. Acknowledgement that tools are lacking is important since more than four in five (88 percent) of all survey respondents agreed that such a tool would probably be useful. The survey also found that 85 percent of physicians were likely or very likely to use a tool that provides on-demand patient-specific data to identify gaps in quality, risk and utilization as well as medical history insight within the clinical workflow in real time.
In addition, health plan executives and physicians differed sharply in their perception of value-based care. According to the survey, 57 percent of health plan executives believed
The study, "Finding a Faster Path to Value-Based Care," can be downloaded here.
The online survey was conducted by
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