On the Road to Value-Based Care
How can a newly funded CMS grant program position you for success in demonstrating value and making a difference in patient care?
The journey to value-based reimbursement is full of twists and turns, ups and downs. On paper, the map to the future of health care seems simple enough — provide the best possible care for patients and you’ll be rewarded.
However, in reality, defining and measuring quality care are more complex tasks and especially challenging for specialties like radiology.
On Sept. 29, radiologists on the road to value-based care got a serious boost when the ACR received a nearly $3 million CMS grant as part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The grant is part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act to enable new levels of care coordination, continuity, and integration as health care payment systems transition from volume-driven to value-based and patient-centered. “This grant represents a huge opportunity for radiologists, working with our referring health care professionals, to lead medicine in making significant change that positively impacts patients and promotes cost efficient care,” says William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, CEO of the College.
Previously known as the Value-Based Radiology Practice Quality Improvement Project, the newly funded Radiology Support, Communication, and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) will enable a broader multidisciplinary scope that includes engaging state chapters, sister specialty and primary care organizations, and other national medical organizations. A key goal is to embed a process supporting value-based radiology in the clinical practice of our members and their partnering referring physicians so that it becomes part of clinical routine.