At Lehigh Valley Physician Group in Allentown, Pa., 95 percent of revenue currently is generated by volume, says Michael Rossi, M.D., physician executive director for the 900-clinician group practice. Consequently, the transition to value-based care delivery and payment is not a minor shift in strategy and execution.
But the organization, part of Lehigh Valley Health System, is in the early stages of change, with community care teams supporting six practices and helping them to manage risk. The nurse care managers, social workers, practice coaches, and information technology support team members, among others, are focusing on low-hanging fruit, such as improving medication reconciliation, care follow-up appointments and care management, at an annualized cost of about $1 million.
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