At its heart, Maryland’s current All-Payer Model – and its next iteration – are about the fundamental transformation of health care delivery. They are testing, on a statewide scale, whether health care can not only make the tectonic shift from volume to value, but survive and thrive while keeping patients and communities healthier than ever.
Over the past four-plus years, you’ve made great strides in reimagining care delivery from a hospital perspective, investing in promising population health activities, non-traditional employees like peer recovery counselors and community health workers, and forging new partnerships with other providers. Now, as Maryland prepares for a new model with an even greater emphasis on controlling health care costs outside hospitals, it will be essential to draw on those experiences and explore more ways to control costs and improve quality.
That’s where the Stakeholder Innovation Group comes in. The group, composed of physicians, hospital leaders, post-acute care executives, and payers, held its first meeting last week and has four more scheduled between now and April, to be followed by a statewide “innovation summit” in the spring.
The group’s charge is to be both a central repository and think-tank for innovation in health care delivery. Specifically, it is being asked to accomplish four tasks: capture existing transformation and population health models; recommend an approach for voluntary, stakeholder-developed models and programs to be considered for adoption/approval; identify statutory and regulatory barriers to adoption or spread of transformation efforts; and track progress toward model goals.
In short, this group is laying the foundation for innovation upon which many different health care organizations can create the infrastructure to truly transform care delivery. Keep an eye out for regular updates from the group, as well as information on the innovation summit this spring.