Physician Advisor to ObamaCare Discusses the Benefits of Independent Practices in a Post-ACA World
A lot has changed since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law during the spring of 2010. Some of the things that politicians predicted have occurred, while other aspects of the legislation have not been as successful as we hoped.
Dr. Bob Kocher, a former special assistant to President Obama for health care and economic policy, recently shared his perspective in the Wall Street Journal about the surprising success that independent practices have had in generating health care savings and quality improvements over large accountable-care organizations (ACOs). He discusses that while the consolidation that was predicted by the ACA has happened, he thinks that the government was wrong to favor it.
“I still believe that organizing medicine into networks that can share information, coordinate care for patients, and manage risk is critical for delivering higher-quality care, generating costs savings, and improving the experience for patients. What I know now, though, is that having every provider in healthcare “owned” by a single organization is more likely a barrier to better health,” said Dr. Kocher.
He goes on to explain how independent practices intimately know their patients and are driven to innovate in order to keep up with their larger peers. He also discusses how independent practices can be more nimble regarding change and when embracing technology. You can read more about Dr. Kocher’s conclusions here.
OHC, like Dr. Kocher, believes in the power of independent practices and the advantages that we provide patients: easy access, expert oncology care, and personal choice when it comes to selecting their oncology provider.
OHC has been nationally recognized for its clinical trials program and is the only accredited oncology medical home in Cincinnati. OHC is also helping lead the charge with value-based health care reform working with several national payers. OHC also was chosen as one of nearly 200 physician group practices across the country by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, value driven, and more coordinated cancer care.
To learn more about the advantages of receiving care and treatment at OHC, please call us at 1-800-710-4674 or contact us here.