Our merger created a system with the depth and breadth to focus on population health. Population health is an approach to care that aims to improve health outcomes for entire patient populations while at the same time reducing health care costs. This is done by focusing primarily on the highest-risk patients— those diagnosed with a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart failure or asthma—to help them manage it more efficiently and stay out of the emergency department or hospital.
We created a transformative model for the health care industry. In our new model, we are eliminating waste, improving coordination of care, and better managing chronic disease. Baylor Scott & White Health uses an established population health infrastructure that includes patient-centered medical homes, care coordination, data analytics and an electronic health record. This infrastructure matches the appropriate care resources to patients’ specific needs, and helps Baylor Scott & White transition to a value-based care model in which providers are compensated for improving quality, efficiencies and health outcomes. The financial reward comes from engaging our patients in effectively managing their care and keeping them well. Find out more about how Baylor Scott & White implements population health in [Part 8] A New Model of Care.
We believe high-quality care is cost-effective care. We believe the future is in providing true health care, not just sick care. We believe our new model will not only better serve populations, but also help mitigate the unsustainable trajectory of rising health care costs in America. Hear how the Scott & White Health Plan is the financing structure to help mitigate costs through collaboration with our accountable care organization in [Part 7] A Health Plan for Integrated Care.