Value Analysis Program
The Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery's Value Analysis Program studies the value of health care delivery at Mayo Clinic and other organizations. This includes analyzing cost, utilization, quality, safety, patient-reported outcomes and other measures. Four projects are under way.
High-Value Health Care Collaborative
The High-Value Health Care Collaborative was launched in late 2010 by a group of six leading health care organizations, including Mayo Clinic. Together, these organizations have more than 150,000 patients. Eight more organizations are slated to join the collaborative in the near future, which will expand the patient population to more than 3 million people.
Toward a goal of improving health while reducing costs, organizations in the collaborative are:
Making this collaborative particularly unique is not only its comprehensive patient population, but also the geographic diversity of those patients. This enables the group to more quickly and accurately compare the effectiveness and efficiency of specific health care practices, payment methods and treatments.
Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community
One of 17 such communities designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community encompasses an 11-county area around Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic, through its Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, serves as the coordinating point for all Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community activities. In doing so, Mayo provides access to extensive resources in health information technology, quality improvement, health care policy and research, and grant and financial administration.
Though the 11 counties in this Beacon community are already very advanced when it comes to health information technology — nearly 100 percent of the area's primary care providers use electronic health records — a key goal is to expand the counties' ability to exchange health information in order to:
Future plans include expanding into 10 more counties, as well as identifying innovative ways to use the connections made by Beacon to bring about better health care coordination and improvements in clinical practice within the community's clinics, hospitals, public health departments and schools.
Ultimately, Beacon community leaders believe this work will result in lower health care costs, improved management of disease and better community health.
Health value and quality index
Through this project, the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is studying the value and cost-effectiveness of patient care at Mayo Clinic.
At Mayo, "value" is defined as outcomes — quality, safety and patient satisfaction — divided by cost over time. This project will help quantify "value" for a wide range of medical procedures and use that information to identify and implement best practices.
One initial area of focus is hip and knee replacements, where there is significant variability in the type of artificial joint given to patients. Mayo researchers are examining patient outcomes to find out which type works best over time.
Payment reform and policy analysis
The Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, in collaboration with the Division of Government Relations and other leaders at Mayo Clinic, are actively engaged in payment reform discussions at both the state and federal levels.
For example, Douglas L. Wood, M.D., co-leader of the Value Analysis Program, has chaired a Minnesota Department of Health committee that began outlining "baskets of care" — bundles of health care services — for several chronic diseases and procedures, which may eventually reform how the state pays for health care.
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