OSF HealthCare has joined the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a group of health systems, health insurers, purchasers, employers and patients who are working together to lead sweeping transformation of national health care over the next five years.
Through this collaboration, participants are working to accomplish the triple aim of health care: better health for patients, better care and lower costs.
Selected to be one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations beginning in 2012, OSF HealthCare has been piloting a new model of care that emphasizes higher quality and lower costs and penalizes systems that do not deliver both. Though the program comprises patients on Medicare, OSF HealthCare's approach and commitment is to improve care for all of its patients. Just 19 of the 32 Pioneer ACOs remain, and the OSF HealthCare quality scores for 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, puts OSF in the top five among that group.
“OSF HealthCare has always been at the forefront of innovation in health care without ever losing sight of our mission to serve our patients with the greatest care and love,” OSF HealthCare Chief Executive Officer Kevin Schoeplein said. “Our participation in the Health Care Transformation Task Force is recognition that we are truly leaders in the national efforts to continuously improve our health care system in this country. What makes that work worthwhile is when we see the results in better care for our patients.”
OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton is an affiliate of OSF HealthCare.
For information on the Health Care Transformation Task Force, visit www.hcttf.org.