The proportion of independently practicing physicians, working in groups or solo, will fall to 36 percent this year. One-third of those will choose a subscription-based model.
This is only one of the new funding models the piece highlights. Another is the “medical home,” which is, according to the National Committee for Quality Insurance, “a model of care where patients have a direct relationship with a provider who coordinates a cooperative team of healthcare professionals.” Kaiser reports:
The medical home model’s focus on preventive care includes newer technologies, like a weighing scale that reports a patient’s weight directly from home to the clinic, and reminders to patients of routine diabetes or cancer screenings. The Heights Medical Center, as the practice is called, has also expanded from two to five doctors and nurses, and hired a patient coordinator who organizes doctor visits, referrals and prescriptions.
This kind of experimentation is exactly what we want to see more of in our health care system. We need to find new ways to deliver services and to introduce price sensitivity to the health care market for consumers. Obamacare does little to move us toward these goals.