By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier
Curbing unnecessary emergency department (ED) use presents an opportunity to reduce costs and deliver patient care in the most appropriate setting. Instead of trying to solve these issues in the middle of an emergency, we believe it is best to address them further upstream in the care continuum.
A recently released Premier analysis revealed that more than 4.3 million ED visits, costing an estimated $8.3 billion, were potentially preventable. This suggests more effective primary care management is necessary.
Our work with more than 120 ACOs has shown that developing a patient-centric, cross-continuum care management model in partnership with primary care providers can prevent inappropriate ED visits and deliver high quality care. We encourage CMS to enable ACOs to partner with ambulance providers and local government to implement the aspects of this model within the ACO, allowing the ACO to be accountable for the full continuum of care. We encourage CMMI to continue to invest in models that align incentives across the care continuum to prevent avoidable and costly visits to the ED.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 175,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.