Adapted from Executive Insights: Delivery System Transformation, an executive dialog between hospital and health system leaders. Access the complete conversation at www.aha.org/physicians.
Hospital and health systems must continue focusing on driving quality and high reliability despite Medicare and Medicaid funding uncertainty coupled with a shift to caring for people outside the hospital. State partnerships to do some things differently and create value is key. Some hospitals and health systems are working together with insurers to manage care for key populations, others are reducing unnecessary variation, and some are using real-time data to identify and create appropriate healthy interventions to high-risk patients before they experience an expensive episode of care in the emergency department.