As healthcare delivery increasingly moves from volume-based care to value-based care, providers are needing to adopt new practices to meet what is now commonly referred to as the triple aim of healthcare delivery—improving the patient experience of care (which includes satisfaction and quality), improving the health of populations and reducing cost.1
Explore this issueMay 2016
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Among the most difficult population of patients for which to achieve this triple aim is the group of patients with chronic, often multiple, conditions that incur a high burden and cost for both patients and the healthcare system. Among these patients are those with musculoskeletal conditions, as highlighted in a 2013 study, which found that musculoskeletal disorders were among the diseases associated with the highest levels of disability and burden of disease in the U.S.2 Thus, rheumatologists are among the providers who are particularly in need of finding ways to improve outcomes for their patients.
Accountable Care Organizations & More
Specific ways of better treating this population of patients are now being tested in a number of private and public program initiatives. Some familiar types of programs include accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes, readmission initiatives and care transition programs.