PAST COVID-19 – PRIORITIES FOR 2021 AND BEYONDBy: Monte Regier

For many health systems business and care priorities have been put aside to manage the pandemic. The new administration has given its priorities for healthcare. Its time for care providers to look ahead and organize to take advantage of coming opportunities.

By 2030 more people in the United States will be older than age sixty-five than younger than age five. Our healthcare system is not prepared to care this volume of older adults. The COVID-19 pandemic has compromised the planning and execution of many health systems goals to organize new care initiatives. The National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities for 2021 initiative, has identified six vital directions to improve the care and quality of life for all older Americans.) Here is a list of these priorities:

  1. Create an Adequately Prepared Workforce
  2. Strengthen the Role of Public Health
  3. Remediate Disparities and Inequities
  4. Develop New Approaches to Care Delivery
  5. Allocate Resources to Palliative and End-Of-Life Care
  6. Redesign Long-Term Services and Supports

Focusing on the infrastructure and care for older adults holds the most significant potential for both improving health outcomes, flattening the curve of healthcare costs and increasing provider revenue. Several initiatives are coming to incentivize health system partnerships with CMS to drive flexible contracting (see Direct Contracting in Medicare and Medicaid to advance care priorities. Value based and capitated dollars hold the key to promoting and designing an improved care model for older adults.

Technology support solutions using machine learning and AI will lead care transformation utilizing data service models that support and advance improved quality and evidenced based care. There is no time to wait, changes are needed to support the health and well-being of the growing older adult population. We must not let implementation delays from COVID-19 cause a bigger catastrophe.

Calligo a leader in managed services, data security and privacy, allows data to be transformed and easily accessed to realize improved Triple Aim outcomes. This outcome-based approach delivers precise self-service analytics, on cost effective managed data platforms, allowing providers to focus on precise patient care.

Published on 04/06/2021