Health care delivery systems have been undergoing a transformation across the country. Value-based care has emerged as an alternative to traditional fee-for-service payment reimbursement. This reimbursement model rewards health care providers for the quality of care that they give to patients rather than the quantity of services. The goal is to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations, and reduce the per capita cost of health care. In this breakout, Lakewood Health Systems (LHS) in Staples will outline potential methodologies for converting cost-based models into a value-based system of delivering health care. Innovative models such as these center on patient outcomes, and this new way of delivering care has the potential to enable rural health systems to survive and thrive.
Dr. Halfen is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota and a graduate from the University of Minnesota. He holds specialty certifications in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. He successfully coordinated and implemented the Medical Home program under the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home at Lakewood Health System in 2006. His practice includes clinic time, care center rounds, medical direction in Staples and Clarissa, occupational health directions, and multiple other duties as Chief Medical Officer.