Tennessee Medicine E-Journal


The concept of value-based healthcare has been put forth to improve clinical outcomes and reduce wastes in spending in the U.S. healthcare system. New reimbursement plans based on quality metrics are designed to incentivize providers to focus on value. However, heavy reliance on a system of measurements creates room for new challenges and does not necessarily resolve climbing healthcare costs or improve quality outcomes. To address this problem, we need to frame it in a way that engages and motivates the patient population at stake. Increasing emphasis on care conversations will be an important step as quality metrics are defined and developed.