It’s Friday night, and you’re heading to a delicious dinner with friends. You order your favorite entrée, and the chef did not disappoint. Your server brings you your bill, and you notice a long receipt listing a price for each item used to create your meal. A few dollars for the plate, silverware, and glass, another few dollars for each pot and pan. Then you’re charged for the food. Would you go out to dinner as often knowing you had to pay for each item used for your meal?

If not, then you can understand why individuals don’t visit the doctor’s office when they’re sick or in pain. Many healthcare organizations are currently utilizing a payment model that does just that. When you have an appointment, the

fee-for-service model is charging patients for each item when they have an appointment. The overwhelming amount of charges incurred per visit is enough to deter almost anyone from seeking care when they need it the most.

The move towards a more holistic approach, like many are in other healthcare sectors, is becoming a reality for organizations to have all departments connect with one another.

In this blog, we take a deeper look at how organizations are moving away from a fee-for-service model and how county organizations need to think about the future of value-based care. Read now on the National Association of Counties (NACo) blog.