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.
William Langley, MD
Chief Population Health Officer and Physician Leadership Council member for UIHA.
According to Bill Langley, M.D., UIHA Chief Population Health Officer and member of the Physician Leadership Council, “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.
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.