TMC supports adoption of alternative payment models that improve care, reduce costs

Tom Bergeron

Tom Bergeron

Payment to health care providers should be based not just on numbers of patients and procedures, but on whether the care they deliver is effective and actually making patients healthier.

That’s the premise behind the federal government’s transition to prioritize quality of care over quantity of services – and it’s an effort Tucson Medical Center supports.

It’s why TMC helped launch Southern Arizona’s first accountable care organization in 2012 – Arizona Connected Care – and is participating in a second, Abacus Health. And it’s why we’re pleased to announce TMC is now a Committed Partner in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), a public-private partnership launched to drive the effort to provide smarter, more effective care.

The network is designed to help all of U.S. health care attain the goals outlined in spring 2015 by President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell. The goals anticipate half of all payments should fall under “alternative payment models” by 2018.

“I would like to thank TMC for its commitment to value-based health care,” said Anne Gauthier, the LAN Project Leader. “TMC’s leadership continues to contribute to the momentum of payment reform across health care.”

Judy Rich, TMC’s President and CEO, was in Washington, D.C. for the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, when the goals were live-streamed to a national audience.

“TMC is pleased to join other committed organizations in working to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier patients,” Rich said. “These efforts are consistent with our own goals and aligned with our mission of delivering quality community care.”

Dan McCabe, MD, and the CEO of Arizona Connected Care, which counts TMC as its hospital member, said accountable care organizations already are delivering impressive results. “We have accepted the challenge because we believe ultimately that patients will be better served, even as we improve the sustainability of the health care system.”

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