Mayo Clinic Health System leaders in Wisconsin called on policymakers to increase their focus on value as a means to improve quality and patient experience, as well as reduce health care costs.
In testimony submitted today to the Committee on Health in the Assembly, Mayo Clinic Health System Chief Executive Officers Randall Linton, M.D., of Eau Claire and Timothy Johnson, M.D., of La Crosse highlighted aspects of Mayo Clinic health system’s value-based care model.
“Our goal is to ensure Mayo Clinic Health system patients receive the right care, in the right setting, and from the most appropriate provider,” Dr. Linton said. “Our message to the Legislature is clear: Focus on value and support innovation that will improve measurable quality and patient experience while also reducing costs.”
“Mayo Clinic is committed to innovation in both how care is delivered and how care is reimbursed,” Dr. Johnson said. “For example, in Sparta, we are working to increase employee engagement in their own health through the development and delivery of personalized care plans.”
“It’s a fact: improving quality can reduce cost,” Dr. Linton said. “In Eau Claire, we are working with 5,000 patients to provide care in the most efficient and effective setting by reducing unnecessary and high-cost emergency room visits. This is good for the patients and good for employers.”
“Our efforts to deliver value-based care are making a difference, and we are committed to continuous innovation. We look forward to sharing insights and working closely with policymakers as they seek to increase value in our health care system,” Dr. Johnson said.
Drs. Linton and Johnson commended Committee on Health Chairman Jeff Stone for his leadership in holding the series of hearings on health care transformation.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of Mayo-owned clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 70 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.