Omaha, NE (March 14, 2016) - As someone who has worked occupational therapy jobs, you understand that the career requires you to wear many hats. For patients, you're a cheerleader, a shoulder to lean on and a means to gain a higher quality of life, all while serving as a source for reliable and compassionate healthcare advice. As such, the changes associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are right up your alley. Learn more as we discuss how the shift to value-based care isn't a transition after all for OT professionals.
Changes ahead with ACA
For many years, insurance companies reimbursed providers through the fee-for-service model. This meant that healthcare professions were paid based on the number of tests they ordered or how many consultations their patients scheduled. New legislation is working to change this process into a more effective strategy, considering the toll the traditional method takes on patients' wallets. A 2011 study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that common unnecessary tests, such as complete blood cell counts and annual electrocardiograms, cost $6.8 billion in 2009.
The ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations. These require providers to meet patient health status benchmarks to receive a salary as a way to encourage value-based care. The transition encourages a more holistic approach, asking the patients what matters to them and adapting the care plan to fit those needs. More medical facilities are adjusting to payers' adoption of this form of reimbursement, but OTs have utilized a patient-first mindset all along.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.