June 5, 2012 | Mike Coyne
Hospitals need to coordinate better to deliver the best care — and save money
Health care providers treat coordination like a four-letter word, writes Mike Coyne, CEO of Verisk Health. That needs to change. Leaders on Beacon Hill should know that one of the key factors driving up spending in Massachusetts is poorly managed and uncoordinated care, especially for people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and asthma. The problem is made worse by a fee-for-service model that doesn’t give providers an incentive to cooperate. To cut costs, the state should move toward a more efficient population health management approach.