News Source: Intermountain Healthcare
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 22, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Making healthcare more affordable for the people it serves is a top priority for Intermountain Healthcare. That’s what Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison, MD, said at meetings held this summer with managers from across the Salt Lake City-based health system.
Harrison told managers that Intermountain is well-positioned to lead the nation in providing the best care at an affordable cost, and, with the help of each caregiver, it’s a goal that can be achieved.
“We have a crisis in American healthcare right now,” Dr. Harrison said. “Healthcare is unaffordable. The existing healthcare system is oriented toward driving volume. As an industry we do too many things to too many people that they really don’t need, which hurts them economically, and sometimes physically. But Intermountain has a great history of innovation and together we can drive change.”
Dr. Harrison shared some alarming national statistics about the cost of healthcare:
Dr. Harrison says the statistics are better in Utah and Intermountain’s charity care program is helping those who can’t afford care, but he says more needs to be done. Last year, Intermountain provided more than $246 million in charity care to patients in need of financial assistance.
“We’re doing a great job with the cost of healthcare and Intermountain is as competitive and cost-effective as any large system in the United States,” he said. “But we have a long way to go and we’re going to drive this forward together. How are we going to get there? By keeping people well, by providing the most accessible and affordable care, and by creating a sustainable model.”
Examples of innovative solutions at Intermountain that are reducing costs and improving care, which Dr. Harrison shared with managers:
“We didn’t do these things for our self-aggrandizement,” Dr. Harrison said. “We did them for our neighbors. And we’re in just the right position to continue to be an innovator.”
Dr. Harrison added that although helping people stay well and out of the hospital is a key part of Intermountain’s strategy moving forward, that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to provide the best possible hospital care when our patients need it.
“We’ll still focus on helping people when they’re in a car accident, have a heart attack, or get cancer,” he added. “But we have the opportunity to do that in conjunction with a ‘keep people well’ system. We’re still going to have great trauma programs, great heart surgery programs, great cancer care programs, and great neuro ICUs, but won’t it be terrific if we can actually keep people out of some of those places? And have them stay as close to home as possible in the least restrictive environment?”
Dr. Harrison emphasized that Intermountain is making changes from a position of strength.
“Intermountain, in a really tough environment, is really doing well. Our quality and safety have never been better. Our patient experience is on the rise. At a time when a lot of other health systems are struggling economically, we’re strong. But we need to continually innovate and change to remain a model healthcare system. If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Other things Intermountain and SelectHealth (Intermountain’s insurance arm) are doing to reduce costs and return money to its patients and members:
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 215 clinics, a Medical Group with 2,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.
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