NCMS Joins in Move-To-Value Summit

As a long-time supporter of the move-to-value in health care, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) was an enthusiastic participant in the recent Move-to-Value Summit in Winston-Salem put on by CHESS for the fifth year in a row.

NCMS’ Senior VP for Health System Innovation, Melanie Phelps, JD, moderated a panel on “Moving Beyond the ‘Non-Compliant’ Patient – A Patient-Centered Approach for Improving Health.” The panelists included Adam Zolotor, MD, of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Jeremy Schifberg, founder of The Health Initiative, which seeks to address patients’ social needs as a standard part of health care delivery and Val Atkinson, a retired professor from NC Central University with expertise in patient advocacy and education.

The session focused on factors other than access to medical care that have a significant impact on health and health care costs. The panelists explored barriers that patients face in attaining healthy lifestyles and complying with prescribed treatment regimens, and offered tools and resources to help address non-medical factors that impact health. Overall, the presentation offered insights into approaches and techniques that can be used to achieve better outcomes for the patient, including concepts like shared decision-making and goals of care, motivational interviewing, health literacy, unconscious bias and social determinants of health.

“At the end of the day, I hope that this session challenged those in the audience to think about patients as partners in their health, and how we can all be advocates for patients in identifying and helping to remove barriers to health—at the federal, state, local and practice levels,” Phelps said.

The panel generated such interest that it will be presented again on Dec. 3 in Greensboro at the Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging’s ‘Remarkable Integration’ conference. Watch your Bulletin for more details on this meeting.

Other presenters included Patrick Conway, MD, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina who reiterated the insurer’s commitment to value-based care. He highlighted BCBSNC’s announcement earlier this year that they were investing $50 million in community health initiatives, with $15 million focused on social determinants of health, $15 million on primary care, $10 million on child development and $10 million on the opioid crisis.

Emtiro Health’s CEO, Kelly Garrison’s presentation, ‘Transformation Starts with a “C”’ focused on the importance of health care culture, whether in a large hospital system or a small, one-provider practice. Garrison argued that if we truly want to see a transformation in health care then it must start with a culture change, meaning payments must be based on quality or treating the “whole” person by integrating mental and physical health at the system, provider and payer levels.

 
 

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