We recently convened a convention room full of leaders from independent physician practices nationwide and asked them if they believed value-based care was here to stay. Eighty percent said yes. With that in mind, we then asked them what was most likely to keep them up at night throughout 2018. Their top answer: transforming their practices to better manage care quality and cost—the core requirement for value-based care success.
While this level of focus and commitment is heartening, the reality is that most practices aren’t ready to deliver. Skills, staffing and workflow are all issues, and, understandably, the majority of practices are also hoping to make do with the technologies they have today. For their part, legacy electronic health record (EHR) vendors encourage the perception that their applications can remain the centerpiece of practice technology in the era of value-based care, as they often were during the days of Meaningful Use.