Letter: Making better health-care decisions

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Raleigh, N.C.

by Dr. Grace E. Terrell and Terry Williams
Winston-Salem Journal
June 2, 2014
http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/the-readers-forum-tuesday-letters/article_50492ed0-ea74-11e3-a280-001a4bcf6878.html

Gov. Pat McCrory and Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos visited the Triad recently to learn more about health-care innovations already underway in North Carolina.

One model of health care specifically designed to improve health and contain costs is called an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). ACOs emphasize the coordination of all the care that is needed for a specific patient and give the control of health-care decisions to the patient and care team, rather than the insurance company. ACOs can also provide budget certainty for the people paying for the care, including the Medicaid program, by establishing a predictable price and rewarding health-care providers for improved quality, cost-effective care and prevention.

We think innovations in this direction are good for our patients, our communities, our state and for medical providers.

We are grateful that they made the time last week to learn even more about how a value-based, ACO approach is already working in North Carolina. We appreciate that Gov. McCrory and Secretary Wos listened to our concerns and heard our suggestions for a better approach to Medicaid reform. We look forward to working with the governor and the General Assembly to identify ways we can all work together for the benefit of our most vulnerable patients through innovation with the valuable medical and community institutions that serve them.

Terry Williams is the executive vice president of strategy and network development at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Grace E. Terrell is the president and CEO of Cornerstone Health Care, PA.

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