The next phase of health reform in the United States will reflect a concerted effort to keep people well, out of the hospital and more actively engaged in managing their own health, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Embedded in the U.S. Health Reform package are lesser known provisions that increase emphasis on prevention, positive health outcomes, better coordination of care and comparative effectiveness research that includes personalized medicine, paving the way for a new era of individualized care in a more patient-focused health system.
Pilot programs for the creation of accountable care organizations and collaborative care networks, new reimbursement models and increased funding for community and primary care services are keys to improving outcomes and reducing health costs. These seeds, planted in the new law, mark a turning point for healthcare delivery in the U.S. and support the conclusions of a year-long study by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research as detailed in a report published today entitled HealthCast: The customization of diagnosis, care and cure. [Read more…]