In a recent Medical Economics article, Pooja Goel writes in her article Ready or not: 3 big changes coming for primary care physicians that:
For PCPs to take advantage of incremental practice revenue, they’ll have to create the risk score of their patient panels — a new skill for many practices. Though providers know which of their patients is sicker than another, a risk score will indicate how likely that patient is to end up in a hospital. PCPs will need to know not only when to make timely interventions; they’ll also need to understand the economic impact their intervention will produce.
But if they want to participate in the potentially huge shared savings, they’ll need to create their own risk score or find a service that can
Now doesn’t make you salivate about going back into the system? You get to create risk scores like bookies do in Vegas. And you could win some cash if you are right!!
You have got to be kidding me.
Goes goes on to say:
All three changes offer new financial opportunities for primary care practices. But to take advantage of them, PCPs need more robust technology stacks, more staff, more case managers, more vendors. The solutions are clear: either invest heavily in the business or consider finding a partner.
I don’t think she was seeing this as a negative, ironically, but the magazine did. The picture above was the one they used in the piece. That says it all.