Value-based health care. Part I: Physicians reestablishing clinical autonomy.Physician Exec. 1998 Jan-Feb; 24(1):26-9.PE
Clinical decision-making was once the sole purview of physicians, but no longer. Medical judgment has been usurped by third parties in the name of cost control. To reestablish this rightful authority, physicians must organize to assume the financial risks for their patients' health, using objective, clinical information to deliver superior quality outcomes. To successfully manage their patients' clinical and financial risks, physicians need to: (1) establish a structure independent of the hospital medical staff for outpatient contracting; (2) secure a capital partner that supports their independent, clinical decision-making; and (3) be leaders in acquiring and effectively using clinical information that accurately risk-adjusts and integrates both inpatient and outpatient data for all episodes of care. Physicians who acquire these skills will secure premium contracts from purchasers who are demanding value-based health care delivery.