Donald Gintzig: On board with governor’s Medicaid proposal

March 5, 2014 

WakeMed Health & Hospitals strongly supports Gov. Pat McCrory and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos’ accountable care organization-based Medicaid reform proposal.

As Wake County’s largest provider of Medicaid services, we agree with policymakers that we need to deliver high-quality care in an efficient and affordable manner. Health care providers across the country recognize the need to move away from a fee-for-service model of care toward a model based on paying for value through provider-driven accountable care that is focused on health as well as health care.

In January, WakeMed and Key Physicians launched WakeMed Key Community Care, an accountable care organization for the Medicare population. This collaboration among WakeMed, our physician practices and more than 220 independent primary care Key physicians aligns with the principles of this reform plan.

We believe ACOs will develop quickly to meet the goals of the state, providers and other payers and will improve the coordination of care for patients while at the same time achieving fiscal responsibility by transforming the Medicaid program into a better value to taxpayers. We look forward to working with our state’s leaders, the provider community and all stakeholders to develop and implement this transformational and innovative approach.

Donald Gintzig

Interim president and CEO, WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Raleigh

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