Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Methods of Controlling Rising Medical Costs
Slide content:Financing Health Care, Part 2 Summary - 2 Challenge: Reduce costs, maintain quality of care, and improve outcomes and accessibility to care Reduce costs through HIT, EBM, clinical practice guidelines, new primary care models, and urgent care and retail clinics Tort reform may change providers practice patterns 25
Slide notes:The challenge to the health care delivery system is to reduce or slow costs, maintain quality of care, and improve outcomes and accessibility to care. Improved efficiency through the use of health information technology, evidence-based medicine, and clinical practice guidelines has the potential to reduce health care costs. New primary care models, such as the Medical Home, have shown reduction in costs and potential for savings, while evidence for Concierge Medicine and retainer practice models is still being gathered. Some additional methods to lower health care expenditures include moving care from the high cost emergency departments found in hospitals to lower cost alternatives such as urgent care and retail clinics. Additional savings may be achieved by the development of new levels of providers such as the DNP. And finally, tort reform may change the practice patterns of providers by decreasing the need for defensive medicine. Health IT Workforce Curriculum Version 4.0 25