Hospital’s work on health care reform encouraging

Recently Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis shared with us details about how the hospital is preparing for health care reform. 

It is obvious that the hospital is in good hands during this period of greater uncertainty in an ever-changing industry. As the law continues to take effect, residents should see more and more changes in how they receive care and the quality of that care.

It is an exciting time to be invested in the industry and when a community hospital like CPH makes strides forward, so do we all.

Instead of the hospital’s main incentive being the number of services it provides, it will be the quality of those services. In that case the consumer wins. Such a system of incentives is a good idea regardless of whether it is required by the law or not.

The hospital is also working to install electronic records connecting all parts of its departments, which will help integrate care. Essentially, records within and outside of the hospital will talk to each other and that has numerous benefits to the patient. Someday on the horizon, the emergency room will be able to know faster than ever your medical history and that could mean lives saved and faster, better care delivered.

Also on the horizon are bundled payments, which is a complicated way of saying that instead of each phase of care generating a bill, a certain amount of money is given to the provider to deliver that care. That should help control and reduce costs in all areas and mean lower rates and bills for consumers.

It is also important to note that the hospital is in a better position to meet the requirements of the health care act than many other hospitals in the state and nation due to its record of quality care indicated by official measures.That speaks volumes to the work the hospital has made over the years.

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