|The Power of Collective Impact
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President & CEO
Each year after the Colorado Health Symposium I come away proud of the progress we've made in health care in our state and re-energized by the commitment and collaboration of so many Coloradans to achieve true systemic change. Through the efforts of many, a plan of action is coming into focus on ways to solve Colorado's health care problems. Rising costs, mediocre patient experience, a population getting less healthy, and a near total lack of transparent data that can make a broken system work better plagues our state and country. Many organizations in Colorado are pursuing strategies and engaging in interventions to address specific aspects of the solution. However, if Colorado is going to thrive we need to work faster, smarter and in a more systemic way.
By Edie Sonn, CIVHC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives (left), and
Sara Schmitt, Colorado Health Institute Director (right)
Changing how we pay for health care - the process of moving from the current fee-for-service, pay-for-volume method to paying instead for quality and value - takes time and effort. It won't be an easy proposition to shift to models that support care coordination, that bundle payments for chronic diseases or that reward providers for meeting cost and quality measures.