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Engage rather than react: A call for hepatologists


In a new practice management commentary, Dr. Meena B. Bansal challenges hepatologists to champion value-based care.

In the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Meena B. Bansal, MD, FAASLD, from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, provides clinicians with practical guidance on their essential role in value-based health care. Read the article, which appears in CGH’s Practice Management: The Road Ahead column: How Hepatologists Can Contribute to Value-Based Care.

Since hepatologists care for some of the sickest patients in the system, their role in documenting and managing chronic conditions is paramount to a system’s success in value-based care. Hepatologists can expand their reach by:

  • Advocating for improvement of coding specificity.
  • Participating in quality improvement work.
  • Supporting efforts to create a shift in the cost curve for their high-risk patients.

By highlighting how they can shift the cost curve while improving outcomes, they can advocate for the additional resources needed to care for this high-risk population and can have the opportunity to show the return on investment. With this outlook, hepatologists who “engage” rather than “react” can make a real impact on system leadership and play a key role in this dynamic health care landscape.

Read the full article in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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