Steve Cash, council executive director, said she was selected to give clarification to the council’s members.
“Our members are always asking how the Affordable Health Care Act is going to affect them and we can never get a good answer for that,” he said. “[Roeder’s] presentation is one that we thought everyone should hear.”
Her presentation centered on changes in the health care delivery and payment system.
“Various provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act authorize the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is within the Department of Health and Human Services, to test programs to pay hospitals, doctors and other health care providers in a different way,” she said.
Roeder said health care providers now are paid on the basis of how many procedures or patients visits they provide. The centers, however, wants to factor in the service quality and positive outcomes.
Roeder said one crucial element is greater interaction between doctors and patients.
“Part of these efforts includes encouraging primary care physicians and their staffs to reach out to and engage patients proactively, to make sure patients are getting preventive care services and help patients manage chronic illnesses,” she said.
Roeder said the hope is effective preventive care will keep patients “healthier and out of the hospital, saving money and leading to better outcomes for each patient.”
Programs encouraging preventive care, like the Medicare shared savings program, may have long-term benefits, she said.