6 key points on value-based healthcare: How physician and health plan executives see it

Written by Laura Dyrda | June 07, 2017 | Print  |

Quest Diagnostics released a new survey detailing physician and health plan executive opinions on value-based care.

The report, titled "Progress on the Path to Value-Based Care," outlines responses from 302 primary care physicians employed in a primary practice and 150 health plan executives feel about value-based care. Here are five key findings from the report:


1. Although Congress is working to repeal and replace the ACA, 82 percent of the survey respondents feel the transition to value-based care will continue.


2. Despite efforts to develop value-based care initiatives, only 29 percent of respondents believe the U.S. currently has a value-based health system. Thirty-one percent of younger physicians — those who have been practicing 20 years or less — believe the U.S. has a value-based care system, compared to 16 percent who have been practicing for 21 years or more.


3. Health plan executives are more likely to feel the payer-provider alignment is making progress; 70 percent of health plan executives felt progress is being made toward payer-provider alignment, compared to 47 percent of physicians.


4. Forty-three percent of physicians and 53 percent of health plan executives feel physicians have the tools to succeed with value-based payments.


5. Seventy percent of physicians don't see a clear link between EHRs and improving patient outcomes. Additionally, 54 percent of physicians and 75 percent of health plan executives feel EHRs have all the tools needed.


6. The key insights physicians want at the point of care include:


• Performance measures for individual patients: 36 percent
• Gaps in care that affect quality measures: 29 percent
• More information about the patient's history: 21 percent
• Information to assist with diagnostic coding: 12 percent


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