July 30, 2012

WI: Can Obamacare Take Care of ‘Joe?’


Somewhere in Wisconsin, there’s a guy who, Dr. Brian Ewert says, represents the American medical system’s strengths – and weaknesses. The patient, given the made-up name of ‘Joe’, also exemplifies how Marshfield Clinic has cut hospital bills by $4 million, by committing to a care coordination program aiming to help patients get the acute care they need without relying on expensive emergency services, said Ewert, the clinic’s president… Dr. Randy Linton called the transition into a quality-based fee system a “game-changer.” “The need to be able to move from the concept of paying for volume, for what we do, to be able to pay for outcomes in value and quality is an absolute, fundamental requirement for us to move forward,” said Linton, the Eau Claire president and chief executive officer of Mayo Health Clinic System.


Watchdog.org by Kirsten Adshead

Tags: American medical system, Dr. Brian Ewert, Dr. Randy Linton, Health Policy, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, obamacare, Watchdog.org

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