Enhancing Care Coordination Can Give Hospices An Edge in Value-Based Models

As more health care reimbursement migrates towards value-based payment models, providers will need to master the art of care coordination.

Seriously ill patients can easily fall through the cracks in a fragmented health care system, leading to poorer outcomes and costly hospital stays and emergency department visits. Closing these gaps is a rising priority in payment model demonstrations by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

“The health system must recognize and meet people’s medical needs by considering their preferences, values, and circumstances, should strive to keep people healthy and independent, and help providers coordinate care seamlessly and holistically across settings in a manner that puts people at the center of their own care,” CMMI indicated in a document released last year that outlined shifts in the center’s strategic direction.

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