Our Value: For Payers and Policymakers

 

When we reduce health care costs while maintaining our quality of care, patients, payers, and government stakeholders all reap the benefits. Throughout the Partners HealthCare system, care providers are utilizing health records and comprehensive data to make better care decisions and deliver efficient care to our patients.

Here are some of the ways payers and policymakers benefit from the Partners system:

 

Readmissions Rates

Preventable rehospitalization could account for as much as $12 billion (source: Jencks, SF et al. “Rehospitalizations among patients in the Medicare fee-for-service program.” N Engl J Med 2009;360:1418-28) in health care expenses every year. Clearly, it can only benefit our health care system as a whole – not to mention the experience of the individual patient – to develop standards that reduce readmissions. Our hospitals are leveraging data collected from across our system to identify patients at high risk for readmission and provide them with the information and post-hospital treatment they need to stay healthy – and home – longer.

Learn more about our readmission rates.

Reducing Length of Hospital Stays

At Partners, we understand that reducing the length of hospital stays both lowers costs and improves the patient experience. Using data collected throughout the Partners system, we are working to deliver the right care at the right time in the right place for more of our patients – for example, by directing them towards primary or urgent care instead of emergency departments, when appropriate. That means lower costs for private and government payers without sacrificing quality or patient outcomes.

Bringing Best Practices to Scale

Partners is built on a foundation of research and medical education; we are constantly working to develop new, better ways to deliver care. The scale of the Partners system helps us turn theory into practice, bringing proven innovation to more patients, faster. In turn, the knowledge we generate helps other institutions adopt new treatments and better practices across the spectrum of care.

Redefining Excellence

The Partners electronic medical record system gives us access to massive amounts information, coming from thousands of patients across the entire spectrum of care. As we work to improve standards of excellence, define best practices within Partners, and innovate in measuring quality, we rely on a solid foundation of data. That makes what we do relevant to a broad range of health care institutions, from other hospital networks to payers in the public and private sector. Put simply: we aim to make health care better for everyone.