I came away from the experience realizing that I was witnessing a revolutionary idea in medicine. By standardizing protocols and following patients with data, the group is setting a gold standard for evidence based medicine. Finally, we’re seeing a group that incorporates evidence based medicine into the output process of medicine through measures of patient outcomes. Ten years from now, this is how hospitals will be reimbursed- through payments from government and third parties based on patient outcomes such as length of stay, patient satisfaction, rehabilitation measures, accountability of patients, infection rates, complication rates, and the ability to return to normal functioning. Reimbursement will require hospitals to track patient outcomes. I can also see where hospital reimbursement will be packaged to ensure that hospital systems strive to be as lean as possible with a set dollar amount of reimbursement. This allows hospitals to standardize and cut out excess cost, as well as redundancy. We already see third party systems will to increase reimbursement by a few percentage points when they meet the highest quality of care measures which are consistent with destination centers of excellence implemented by Marshall|Steele. A perfect example of this is centers that are eligible for Blue Distinction
Marshall|Steele is in the process of developing a software product which allows surgeons to track patient outcomes including patient satisfaction and surveys through an apple ipad application. The idea is to tailor the questionnaires of patients before and after a surgery for each hospital system where they have implemented their replacement center. Tracking outcomes to ensure safety, quality, and successful procedures through products like those being utilized at Marshall|Steele will be the standard for quality care in American healthcare in the very near future. JACHO core measures will soon have a new addition known as core outcomes.
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