Jan. 27, 2014
A new program is taking shape that aims to help Texas physicians stay in practice, caring for patients.
The Texas Medical Association's (TMA's) Physician Services Organization (PSO) will equip physicians' practices with the tools they need to remain competitive and in control of their medical practice so they can continue to see patients. TMA plans to launch the PSO this year, reports TMA's Texas Medicine magazine.
America's health care system is changing and along with it, the ways doctors are evaluated and paid. Part of the change results from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the rest from a movement toward a health care model emphasizing "accountable" or "value-based" care. Ultimately, the goal is higher quality patient care at a lower cost. In a "value-based" system, payment for care is driven not by the number of services performed but by patients' overall health. But how does the typical physician measure these things, or report them? TMA realized many doctors need help, and thus TMA PSO was born.
TMA PSO will offer physicians products and services to improve their performance, streamline and improve administrative functions and technologies, and return physicians' primary focus to where it belongs: patient care.
Dan McCoy, MD, TMA Board of Trustees member and chair of the TMA PSO task force, explained the concept. "What we are talking about is empowering physicians with the technology to (show) they are achieving higher value. TMA brings to the table not just that, but also … physician leadership, aggregation, and governance needed to empower the technology," said Dr. McCoy. Ultimately, the PSO aims to help physicians remain independent, like the small-town doctor who wants to be able to continue to care for his or her patients - as he or she has done for years - and survive professionally.
Many practices lack the organization and infrastructure that hospitals and payers already have to adopt value-based care models. So TMA's PSO will provide the missing link to help Texas physicians level the playing field and transform their practices to pursue new payment and delivery models.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation,
representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is
located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the
state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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