Covid As an Accelerant: On Value-based Care (Yes), On Telemedicine (Partly), on AI (Not So Much) (Managed Healthcare Executive)

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By Peter Wehrwein and Briana Contreras | Sept 5, 2020

Improved medical management of acute respiratory disease and a shift toward value-based care will be two of the last effects of COVID-19 pandemic, according to Brent James, M.D., M.Stat.

“We are seeing the financial model shift,” James said in a video interview this past week with Managed Healthcare Executive®. “And if anything, Covid has accelerated the shift to provider-at-risk, pay for value, population health — all names for the same thing.”

James has been a leader in taking a systems approach to healthcare quality and patient safety t and became well known for his work in that area at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. He is currently a clinical research professor at Stanford and has a number of other affiliations.

James was less sanguine about COVID-19 accelerating the use of artificial intelligence. “Relative to Covid changing the rate of change — accelerating it — I am a little bit skeptical that it will,” he said, while noting the overall future of AI and machine learning and keen interest that his Stanford colleagues have about those technologies… View Full Article

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