“We need to reward better care, not just more care,” writes Elliott Fisher, the director of the Center for Population Health at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in his New York Times op-ed concerning health care reform and the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
One approach to providing better care for patients and encouraging collaboration among physicians and hospitals is through accountable care organizations, Fisher says. He explains, “Under this model, physicians and hospitals work together under payment incentives that give them a share of savings achieved as long as the organizations demonstrably improve quality.”
Fisher, a professor of medicine and of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, concludes by saying, “Change is coming, whether or not the Affordable Care Act is overturned.”
Read the full op-ed, published 6/17/12 by The New York Times.