KPMG Report Finds Integrated Healthcare Delivers Better Patient Care,
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - A new KPMG Healthcare report launched
today demonstrates that improving the quality of service to patients
makes healthcare less expensive. Titled Contracting Value: Shifting Paradigms, the report found that, under the current healthcare model, sub-optimal
patient care generates more revenues for healthcare providers while
efficient high-quality care generates fewer revenues.
"In today's healthcare systems, we tend to pay for piecemeal activities,
or for a building or an organization; we are paying individual
providers that will do their best on a small piece of the work around a
patient's problem," says Mark Britnell, Chairman and Partner, Global
Health Practice, co-author of the report and a partner with KPMG in the
UK. "We do not pay for the integration of all these individuals'
activities and efforts, nor do we pay for the results that all this
Healthcare systems can deliver better patient outcomes and reduce costs
by defining, measuring and rewarding the delivery of quality care,
"To patients, the current healthcare systems often appear fragmented and
poorly coordinated," said Britnell. "For the most part, this is because
our health systems tend to reward providers for delivering disjointed
and non-coordinated services which - all too often - result in
sub-optimal quality, waste and frustration on the part of the patient
and the healthcare professionals, and reduced value for the payers."
KPMG's report examines the root causes of sub-optimal healthcare around
the world and identifies three core principles that - when taken
together - demonstrate a clear path to driving value from healthcare
systems: integrated care must be the new "unit" of payment, meaningful
outcomes must be defined and measured, and adding value must be
"We believe that these three core principles, when grasped fully in
their synergy, bring this Holy Grail within reach," says Janet
Davidson, Global Center of Excellence for Healthcare, KPMG in Canada.
"However, one of the greatest challenges will be in creating the right
environment to encourage integrated care delivery, and that will
require systems to overcome deeply entrenched ways of working and
institutional silos that currently stand as fundamental barriers to
better patient care."
By examining a range of existing health systems around the world, the
report clearly lays out the steps that must be taken to re-align the
provision of care to deliver better patient outcomes, reduced costs and
greater value for money. The report also provides a number of lessons
from leading health providers and illustrates its core findings through
real and practical examples rooted in actual patient care scenarios.
For a copy of the report, Contracting Value: Shifting Paradigm: please
visit kpmg.com/healthcare or firstname.lastname@example.org
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