At last, it seems, the presidential election is winding down. Regardless of your party affiliation, I hope you exercise your right to vote. It is our civic duty, and if you listen to the pollsters this year each vote is crucial to the outcome.
As everyone holds their breath on the outcome of the election, most leaders in the healthcare industry say that regardless of who wins the election, healthcare reform will move forward. Payers, providers and other stakeholders all recognize that reforming the system is necessary to ensure better access to care, evidence-based care, and a reduction in waste and reform reimbursement systems so providers can focus on quality vs. quantity.
Both payer and provider organizations are invested in making the changes needed, and reversing this forward momentum would be counterproductive.
Each of you reading this editorial has a role in transforming the system so that it centers on the consumer. Taking the time to educate and empower the consumer so they understand their role, and understand how to navigate the system in order to actively participate in their health and healthcare is crucial to these efforts. All know that if the patient does not buy into the plan, they will not be compliant.
Today, there are innovative programs being put into place that break down the barriers in the system that drive costs. Today, all members of the team are recognizing the need to come together to improve the delivery of care across the continuum. Having a unified team that works together to empower the patient and their family is key to the success of any program.
To illustrate the changes taking place and to demonstrate the work being done to change the culture of healthcare, join us on November 13, 2012, from 2:00-3:30pm ET for our last Medical Home Webinar of the year when we present Solving Medication Management: A Team-Based Approach to Nullifying Non-adherence.
The program will share how organizations are working together to improve medication management for patients with chronic conditions.
Each of these programs will provide information that you and your teams can use to improve the care patients receive across the continuum of care. In addition, they come with CEU credits.
Have a good week!