An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Ben Franklin
There has been a lot of discussion about accountable care organizations (ACO’s) lately. As a matter of fact, our system is a part of one (the National Rural ACO). I thought I would take the opportunity this week to try to simply the “why” behind ACO’s. The goal is to bring the cost of health care down by making our population healthier. This is what the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) has mandated us to do. It’s what we should have been doing all along in health care. Unfortunately, the concept has been thrust upon us with haste, a sense of urgency, and with little strategic planning. That’s for those of us in health care to solve. Fortunately, we are pretty good at solving problems. While we are in the learning and growth phase of all of this, the best thing we can all do is be the healthiest we can be and advocate the same for our friends and family. Participate or encourage yourself or those around you in cancer screening, diabetic control, smoking cessation, flu shots, childhood immunizations, blood pressure screening, wellness, fitness, and whatever makes good common sense for a healthy life. We all pretty much know what that is! It’s as simple as all that. The rest is details and we will find a way to get there. Please have patience with the industry as we do our level best to navigate the new health care frontier without diverting our attention from the quality day to day care we already provide.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will… ~ Suzy Kassem
Dr. Michael Hurt, CMO