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High-Value Care


 
 

Value is a much-debated topic in healthcare and there is very little consensus on what constitutes high-value care. For some, it is purely a matter of cost. For others, it is a function of outcome and cost--how much does it cost to derive a specific outcome? While research can give providers a statistical average of a measurable outcome and the cost of the therapy associated with achieving it, a third component is still not included in the calculation-- the quality of life during the period during which a patient receives treatment. A particular therapy can have a very good outcome, but with a very high cost or extremely challenging side-effects. Also, the term "financial toxicity" has entered our vocabulary and is used to describe treatments that are so expensive that they are often out of reach for many patients, irrespective of their outcomes.

However, one fact has been determined through vigorous research over and over again in peer-reviewed journals, is that care provided in a hospital-based setting is far more costly than care provided in a doctor's office. Some studies have indicated that the cost can be as much as 60% higher. This cost, at least in part, is passed on to patients in the form of higher copayments, etc. It is also passed on to the entire healthcare system as overall costs are driven ever higher. Here are some of the studies conducted over the past decade:

As UHO physicians strive to maintain compliance with international treatment guidelines, they will be following the same regimens as other physicians whose practices are hospital-based. We provide the same care at a much lower cost and, often, much closer to home.

By any measure, the same world-class care at a much lower cost = higher value.