With many value-based care initiatives aiming to reduce costly emergency room visits, some emergency departments are finding it increasingly difficult to engage with alternative payment models, according to a report in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Researchers stated that alternative payment models should address key challenges of delivering care in the emergency department. While emergency care providers treat patients during sudden and unexpected crises, this can make it hard for departments to predict demand for care and align care delivery with value-based goals. Many emergency departments also lack the infrastructure and coordination strategies to track patient costs and outcomes longitudinally.
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