The health care landscape across Arizona and the nation is rapidly changing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will undoubtedly impact our relationships with patients, payers, and peers. While questions abound about exactly how the law will reshape the practice and business of medicine, one thing is certain: For better or worse, change is coming.
In order to prepare for what’s to come, community physicians from across the Valley sought to identify how these changes will impact physicians and their practice. We reached out to many of our peers across the state to gather feedback on a variety of topics important to all of us.
That outreach resulted in the formation of a Physician Advisory Committee (PAC), a group composed of community pediatricians and subspecialists along with doctors and administrators from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which worked diligently to develop a meaningful response to this pending shift in the way we do business.
Early on it became clear the old fee-for-service model of payer contracts – a central component of our current business and clinical operations – has become dated and, in its present state, is unsustainable. For that reason, the PAC began laying the groundwork for a pediatric-focused Clinically Integrated Organization (CIO) which the group named Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN).
This organization represents a valuable alliance between and among community pediatricians and subspecialists, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG), and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The primary goal is to improve patient outcomes. By defining quality measures and contracting based on evidence of improved care and outcomes, we position ourselves be rewarded with financial incentives based on shared savings.
This value-based, physician-driven approach to payer contracting incentivizes the exceptional care we all strive to provide, lowers health care costs, and protects the independence of private practice physicians. Most importantly, places the responsibility for providing the very best pediatric care where it belongs – in the hands of our community’s best pediatric providers.
Thank you for considering participation in PCCN.