(PRWEB) December 07, 2011
Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, announces the release of a new executive briefing, “Collective Learning on Healthcare Reform.” The document offers the latest updates and discussion on current and pending reform issues and is a follow up to the “Healthcare Reform and Accountable Care: Where Do We Stand?” executive briefing published earlier this year. Complimentary copies of both executive briefings are available on the Amerinet website.
“Last February at Amerinet’s Executive Forum event, we heard the need for accurate information on national trends, policy reform and best practices is still imperative,” said Amerinet President and CEO Todd Ebert. “Amerinet will continue to create and deliver opportunities that promote lively and thoughtful dialogue with industry experts and peers to share, discuss and help each other navigate through these healthcare changes.”
Amerinet engaged The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) – the organization that brought the concept of accountable care to the forefront of our nation’s dialogue – to lead two interactive webinar sessions this Fall with executive leaders from small community hospitals and integrated-delivery networks. During these gatherings, members learned about current information from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding accountable care organizations (ACOs) and TDI’s thoughts and input on these important trends. Additionally, best practices were shared by Amerinet members Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio, and OSF HealthCare System in Peoria, Ill. To make the discussions and findings available to a broader cross-section of members, Amerinet published the “Collective Learning on Healthcare Reform,” briefing and is planning further updates in the coming months.
With the huge paradigm shift to value-based payment reform, Craig Westling, managing director, accountable care, TDI, offered guidance to these executive members on how to manage the change to an accountable care model. These considerations included:
- Understand the principles of ACOs under the Affordable Care Act
- Recognize the key elements of an ACO model
- Put the pieces together to become an ACO
“We are seeing a wait and see attitude from a lot of organizations, which is a normal reaction in the face of change. However, given the magnitude and inevitability of payment reform, it’s too risky to just wait and do nothing. Start planning now. You may not act for another six or 12 months, but you do need a plan,” said Westling.
As a leading national healthcare solutions organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and non-acute care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about how Amerinet can help you successfully navigate the future of healthcare reform, visit http://www.amerinet-gpo.com.