Medical staff members are often the last to be informed of new risk-based contracts. However, they are usually the first to feel the financial impact of taking on greater risk. With our nation’s medical staff leaders and professionals in mind, I recently coauthored an article for the March 2020 issue of Medical Staff Briefing (MSB) in collaboration with Cliff Frank, interim executive director at Shore Quality Partners in Somers Point, New Jersey.
In the article, we highlight the importance of solid technology infrastructure, proper support staffing, and physician culture in an organization’s ability to succeed in CMS’s new Pathways to Success program. Tough conversations are necessary. Difficult investment decisions will be required. In particular, the following three points are important for healthcare providers to keep in mind as they journey into new accountable care models.