Through organizations like ACO's (Accountable care organizations) one should already see that there is value in competitive pricing, transparency and above all, accountability. Wikipedia lists the core values of ACOs below:
- Provider-led organizations with a strong base of primary care that are collectively accountable for quality and total per capita costs across the full continuum of care for a population of patients;
- Payments linked to quality improvements that also reduce overall costs; and,
- Reliable and progressively more sophisticated performance measurement, to support improvement and provide confidence that savings are achieved through improvements in care.
What are your thoughts about having people be charged higher premiums based on their lifestyle choices? To find out more, read the article; to find out even more, read the book.