6 Keys To Successful
Key 1: Referral Reductions
Effective primary care in a managed care environment reduces referrals. Here’s why. When providers spend extended time with patients, they develop care plans that address health issues before they become chronic or acute. As a result, the vast majority of care is handled in the patient’s home clinic.
Key 2: Delivering Outcome
Managed care is no longer simply about cutting costs, an approach that’s a thing of the past. Today it must also drive health outcomes for patients. One way to achieve this is by getting patients into their primary care clinic more often. This is best achieved by robust engagement activities, especially in an employee environment.
Key 3: Removing Barriers
Managed care must reduce barriers to better healthcare, not add them. Effective managed care doesn't shift costs to patients through tactics such as high deductible health plans. Instead, it acknowledges that employer investment in the right kind of care will drive down overall costs.
Key 4: Holistic Solutions
Effective managed care focuses on treating the whole patient. Modern medicine knows that there are connections between mental, emotional, and physical health. By addressing every aspect of patient health, we can ensure that patients have the best health outcomes.
Key 5: Reduced Medication Costs
Medications continue to be a significant driver of increased healthcare costs. In a managed care environment, providers focus on addressing root causes rather than simply prescribing medications to address symptoms. In addition, when medication is needed, a managed care approach encourages the provider to prescribe the most effective option.
Key 6: On-Site Better Than Distant
Convenient access is a significant contributor to the success of a managed care approach. Locating clinics close to patients increases the likelihood that a patient utilizes primary care early and often. This is especially true when care is employer-funded.