William Langley, MD
UIHA Clinical Integration Committee member and ACO Executive Director at Genesis Health System
Physicians have been working
cooperatively within the framework
of the University of Iowa Health
Alliance (UIHA) to develop a standard
model of care for some of the most
common conditions affecting patients.
Once a patient has been diagnosed with a condition, the care model provides standards for treatment and ongoing management. The model addresses patient treatment and referral activities, quality measures, care processes, care management, and evidence-based drug recommendations. Physicians should review the care model and assess whether there are any opportunities to close gaps in personal practice methods.
According to Bill Langley, M.D., UIHA Clinical Integration Committee member and ACO Executive Director at Genesis Health System, “These models allow the provider to align the delivery of care with evidenced-based best practices that will improve patient outcomes. In most instances, physicians have already been receiving data on their patients. The introduction of the models and the formal collection of data across the alliance will allow us to monitor physician performance expectations at a future date.” He notes that performance metrics are built in to the care model.
Member Access to Care Models
UIHA member providers may access the care models from the icon shown at right on their local hospital's physician portal.
Dr. Langley said Genesis has been using models for more than a year and finds them to be credible communication tools. “Providers have been using the model to show the patient what the progression of care looks like,” said Langley.
UIHA member organizations are committed to looking at patient populations, tracking them better, and working to improve the control of their conditions and general health. Clinical Integration Committee physicians have researched and signed-off on these evidence-based guidelines. The purpose is to help the alliance to clinically integrate and better coordinate care.
By standardizing care across the alliance, UIHA members seek to meet the triple aim of improving the patient experience and population health, as well as reducing the cost of delivering care.