July 01, 2020


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Caravan Health is pleased to be part of “The Care We Need,” a report from The National Quality Forum Task Force released on June 24. 100 diverse health care leaders, including Caravan’s Senior Director of Population Health Improvement, Rayna Caplan, lay out a bold vision for addressing the challenges of our nation’s health care system. The report includes specific strategic objectives and an actionable plan to make health care safe, appropriate, and high quality for everyone by 2030.
“It was an honor to participate as a committee member on the Task Force to help align this new vision and set of shared priorities to drive high value care and continued quality improvements by 2030.”

Rayna Caplan, Caravan Health Senior Director of Population Health Improvement
These recommendations focus on building access to reliable data, paying for person-centered care, and supporting health consumers. Each strategic objective is tied to measurable goals for public and private sector leaders to transform our system of care delivery. There are several goals close to the heart of Caravan Health and its work. The report specifically recommends greater adoption of population health-based alternative payment models (APMs) such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and includes patient stories highlighting the importance of team-based, patient-centered care that defines ACO work. Caravan Health’s approach to population health already embodies many of the recommendations and is prepared to play our role in driving efforts for continued patient-centered change.

APMs set the right incentives to improve care quality while providers stay focused on value. In the words of the task force, APMs “embed high quality patient experience and outcomes as central to the definition of value and dramatically accelerate the transition away from fee-for-service.” While recognizing that fee-for-service will always have a place in health care delivery, the report urges wider adoption of APMs in Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial plans.

The report addresses the central challenges of transforming care, such as lack of consistent data, incomplete information for consumers, and providing taking financial risk on the cost of patient care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the notion of taking on risk is especially daunting to providers with smaller practices who are inexperienced with risk. CMS has made important changes to ease this transition through the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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