Over at the Health Care Blog, some physical therapists might find this dialogue interesting.
Consultant: "Why on earth would you want to form a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?
You’re a monopoly. You’re making tons of money. You can keep doing this for some period of time."
Hospital COO: “Look I understand that the jig is up (since healthcare reform passed).
I know how to take $60 (of costs) out per member per month. $60 - - out of my cost structure. I know exactly how to do it.
I never had a motivation to do it before - - until health care reform happened."Who else believes that physical therapists can take additional costs out of high-cost hospitals as we replace physicians using rules-based decision algorithms to make diagnoses and order x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?
Please comment and let's hear your thoughts.