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"Position the organization to compete on value: it is the new reality."

– National Committee for Quality Healthcare, Pay for Performance PPT Primer (2006)

Most health care professionals would say that providing value – high quality care, timely delivery and patient satisfaction – is their mission. Yet, positioning a health care organization to compete based on the value of its services is a relatively new idea, and one whose time has come – that is, depending on whom you ask.

Many payers are in favor of linking some portion of provider payments to quality and efficiency metrics. As of 2006, more than half the HMOs in the United States offered such "Pay for Performance" provider contracts. Given that in excess of 15 percent of the nation's gross domestic product is now spent on health care insurers are hoping that Pay For Performance (P4P) plans will make patients healthier and ultimately reduce the cost of health care.

Health care consumers also appreciate being able to compare physicians and facilities when making decisions about where to seek care. Unfortunately, P4P measurements of hospitals and health care providers have yet to be standardized, which can be confusing to someone trying to compare reviews from different sources.

Despite these challenges, health care appears to be moving in the direction of consumer-driven selection. As a result, the industry is increasing its measurement of results and its adherence to guidelines. However, in order to compete in this new market, physicians, hospitals, laboratories and other health care organizations must do more than simply measure their processes and report on results. They must demonstrate improvement in these areas over time.

For healthcare organizations, viable and sustainable improvement requires three things:

1. An established system that can be applied to any process, clinical or administrative, to positively impact outcomes and metrics.

2. A methodology that is easily transferable, so health care professionals can learn to apply it to their own processes as they help patients.

3. A common language that drives the process of improvement but is flexible enough to be adapted to the specific culture of each organization.

While P4P provides a venerable stick to grow by, it remains to be seen whether it provides the means to grow. In contrast, a well-designed Performance Excellence program, based on a proven methodology such as Lean Six Sigma, can help health care providers realize dramatic and long-lasting improvements in the areas measured measured by P4P metrics: safety, efficacy, timeliness, efficiency , equality and consumer focus.

Most importantly, Performance Excellence and Pay for Performance share the same goal: to provide high quality patient care with the best possible outcome at the lowest cost. Whether this objective is labeled a value proposition, a mission statement, or just the way health care should be, it's a goal that providers, payers and patients can all support.

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Source by Debra Jennings

Pay Attention To Your Fitness

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Paying attention to your fitness is important. Why? Well! we do not want to become selfish or self-centered persons. We want to be kind and generous. We want to take care of others. We want to fulfill our responsibilities. But more often we do it on the sake of our own fitness.

We compromise our health in the name of responsibilities. I have watched people who take care of their health as well as their business goals but this only happens in rare cases. Most people who are well passed 40, neglect their health completely, till their body gives the alarming signals. This results into loss of work and the cost of hundreds of dollars.

We all know health is not a minor issue. However, we ignore it completely. I am not saying that you should become worried about your health and stop living happily. I am offering a new vision. You cannot achieve fitness through one hour of workout. Health and fitness is not a matter of hard work and dollars and it should not be that way.

A healthy lifestyle should enable you to live a healthy and long life. For this purpose some minor steps are required. Minor steps that will take some major turns. Eating disorders can make you sick while eating right food at the right time, guarantees a healthy life.

Drinking less water causes dehydration, however, drinking 8 glasses of water daily makes you active and energetic. You can see the pattern. A healthy lifestyle is the direct result of good healthy habits.

So, what is meant by fitness?

Fitness means good health, increased stamina, energetic body and an optimistic overview about life and future.

How to pay attention to fitness?

3 basic factors are involved with your fitness levels.

  • High Stamina/Strength
  • Overall good health
  • Optimism

High Stamina

High stamina can be achieved by joining a gym or doing cardiovascular exercise at home. Do not make it hard for yourself. Just do exercise for 20 to 30 minutes, 3 days in a week.

Tip: If you do not feel energetic or you do not have the strength; feel energetic. Act energetic. Believe in your heart that you are active and full of life. Time will come when you will have greater strength and stamina.

Overall Health

Good health can be achieved by choosing right food plans and appropriate exercise routines. Go to your health expert and seek some good health advice.

Optimism

Optimism is a way of looking at life. Hope for future achievement is a great asset. Optimism will help you achieve your dreams and a healthy life.

So, take care of this asset and take care of your fitness.

Best of luck!

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Source by Jenny J Robert

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