By Molly Moser
As part of a national agenda to improve population health management, health care providers will soon be reimbursed based on level of patient satisfaction, quality of outcomes, and ability to keep costs low. Preparation to meet this triple aim, which will be the goal of the health care delivery system from this year forward, is driving partnerships across the country, and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is no exception.
In order to meet the demands of the Affordable Care Act while facing a reduction in government reimbursement, the hospital board has begun a thorough investigation of potential affiliates to ensure sustainability. Work groups will meet in March, and GMH intends to engage in employee and community education in the mean time. Interested readers should visit www.guttenberghospital.org and watch for a presentation on local channel six for more information.
Because no formal decisions have been made at this time, many questions remain. “At the end of the day, we want patient services that are provided locally and are of high quality,” said board member Doug Reimer. “All that’s been done so far is to set a direction that’s positive for patients, employees, and the community.”
Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, GMH Chief of Staff, encourages the community to get involved with the process. “Be at meetings. Ask questions,” he said. Hoffmann is cautious about aligning GMH with a larger entity, especially in terms of retaining the independence to accept a variety of insurance products. “I’m not against integrating, it’s just to what degree,” he told The Press. His goal is to maintain the access to primary care that patients currently receive in Guttenberg.