Hospital and provider collaboration is a necessity to benefit patients
in the transition from “fee-for-service” care to value-based
healthcare. Historically, physicians and hospitals were paid regardless
of the quality of treatment the patient received. Families have paid thousands
of dollars even when their physicians made incorrect diagnoses, ordered
redundant imaging tests, or had other clinical misadventures that may
have ended up doing patients more harm than good. Mary Washington Health
Alliance and the Affordable Care Act are helping to change this practice
by transitioning to value-based care.
In value-based care, a network of healthcare professionals work collaboratively
to coordinate care and ensure you receive optimal treatment. This not
only increases the quality of care, but reduces costs by allowing patients
to receive all their care under one umbrella, rather than searching for
specialists in different facilities accepting different insurance plans.
Higher Quality, Trustworthy Service
As a healthcare network, Mary Washington Health Alliance can focus on quality
by granting patients access to numerous resources that can better pinpoint
the best way to facilitate care. We hold our stakeholders accountable
and promote the implementation of best medical practices. Our physicians
are held accountable for the quality of their work and are educated about
and encouraged to adhere to evidence-based and guideline-driven practices
that have proven to be the most efficient and effective method of treating
a patient’s condition.
Physicians play a large role in the governance of our network. Working
collaboratively, medical professionals discuss treatment methods, remain
engaged in the network, and follow the decisions made within it. In this
system, doctors can pool their knowledge and experience to provide patients
with better care.
Our network model is designed to benefit the patient, community, and Mary
Washington Health Alliance.
The inner workings of our network ensure:
- Strong commitment to a physician-led organizational structure in the Alliance
- Patient Care initiatives that demonstrate value across payers and employers
- A mechanism and culture that holds providers accountable to care standards
- A Technological infrastructure that improves the exchange of patient treatment data
- Appropriate levels of engagement with our local payers and employers including,
foremost, Mary Washington Healthcare
- Compliance with legal statutes and precedents
We continue to collaborate with the physicians and the healthcare system
to ensure that future contracting methodologies remain beneficial to all