Self-Management Support is Key to Value-Based Care
Transforming healthcare to value-based care implies creating an entire system organized around improving outcomes while managing costs. As we see it at Canary Health, there are four key high-level strategies:
1. Provider delivery system design aimed to reconfigure the way care is delivered. Tactics around network design, and clinician coordination fit here.
2. Insurance product and consumer choice structured to support cost-benefit decisions about care. For example, transparency tools and tactics to make certain procedures more or less costly.
3. Clinical protocols and management delivered to engage individuals to adhere to therapies and treatments. For example, disease and case management and strategies around medication adherence.
4. Self-Management Support approaches aimed to empower individuals to understand how health serves as a resource for living and to make the choices that impact their quality of life. Canary Health’s suite of services – actually our whole reason for being – fits into this category.
These four strategies and their accompanying tactics fit together in the puzzle of value-based care. They independently drive towards better outcomes and lower costs while reinforcing and complementing each other. Importantly, Self-Management Support, which is core to putting the individual back in the center of her health journey, is often the strategy with the least investment from healthcare. Yet Self-Management Support is critical.
Ultimately most outcomes, especially for those with, or at-risk for chronic conditions, are determined by individuals’ behaviors.
Every part of the healthcare system needs individuals to set their own goals, overcome their barriers and accomplish what is important to them.
This message of the importance of providing Self-Management Support to individuals with chronic diseases continues to resonate across healthcare. We’re proud to be the leaders in the digital delivery of health self-management by offering a comprehensive suite of evidence-based interventions and to continue to speak widely about the central role engaged and empowered individuals play in their own health.