This post originally ran back on June 26, 2013 but its message is still extremely important today…patient voices should be at the forefront when it comes to improving our health care system.
Big changes are taking place in our health care system – and it’s about time. While some innovations have been occurring in limited areas around the country, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is making bigger, bolder transformation of the health care system more of a reality. It is altering the way health services are delivered, changing the way we pay for care, and beginning to reward high-quality care rather than a high volume of services.
The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is testing new care models like Patient Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations, and the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative to encourage better care coordination for patients and reward high quality services. That’s especially important for women, who not only use health care services themselves, but also tend to be caregivers for children and older relatives. (more…)