Succeeding at value-based care isn’t just about the numbers. Success depends as much, if not more, on the trust between providers and payers. Both sides share the same goal: providing more value—better clinical outcomes for less cost—to patients and members. Yet, unless both sides trust each other, collaborating to achieve that common goal can be difficult.
Features related to service delivery quality, patient source and patient involvement appear to contribute more to the patient’s payment decision than features related to physician reputation.
As healthcare consumerism grows and patients pay more of their medical bills out of pocket, trust will become a big competitive differentiator in the market as patients select their providers, exerting even more margin pressure on hospitals, health systems and medical practices across the country.
Xtelligent Healthcare Media recently released a survey of clinicians, conducted in January and February 2020.The survey includes 196 clinicians consisting of medical specialists, primary-care physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses. 55 percent of the clinicians worked at hospitals or health systems, and 29 percent worked at independent clinics or private medical practices.
63% of clinicianshave little or no trust in private payers like commercial health plans
Despite the fact that 84 percent of the respondents said they participate in a value-based care or reimbursement model with one or more payers, a majority said they didn’t trust their partners:
- 63 percent said they have little or no trust in private payers like commercial health plans
- 58 percent said they have little or no trust in public payers like Medicare or Medicaid
So what’s behind this lack of trust in private and public payer partners?
The survey points to a serious lack of collaboration caused by a number of hurdles.