• Independent Health of Western New York 

Key Action #1: Promote prevention and wellness 

  • Improve population's health and wellness
  • Encourage greater personal responsibility 
  • Better manage chronic disease 
  • Engage employers to make access to health services more convenient for their employers

Key Action #2: Revitalize and grow primary care

  • Primary care physicians can significantly change the way care is delivered, resulting in better coordination with specialists and other providers and improved quality and lower costs. 

Key Action #3: Implement payment reform

  • Reward quality outcomes rather than volume 
  • Encourage patient-centered medical care 
  • Adhere to evidence-based medicine 

Key Action #4: Achieve greater alignment of the health system 

  • Eliminate medical care that is redundant or adds no value 
  • Implement proven clinical strategies 
  • Reduce variations in care 
  • Prevent and manage chronic disease, which helps keep people out of the hospital in the first place 

Key Action #5: Enhance health information 

  • Accelerate use of health information technology 
  • Adopt electronic medical records 

For more information visit Independent Health or view their 2014 Community Report

Why This Works

 Meaningful healthcare reform to reduce costs: The Primary Connection

Health care in the U.S. is at a tipping point. Controlling runaway spending is critical to the future of our health
care system and economy.
The Milliman Medical Index reports health care costs for American families doubled from 2002 to 2011, and if
it continues at this pace, will represent nearly 70 percent of the median household income by 2021.
It’s estimated up to 75 percent of medical costs are due to chronic disease, largely driven by unhealthy lifestyles.
Approximately 30 percent of medical services in the U.S. don’t add value, and what’s more, only about half of
the necessary preventive health services are provided when needed most.

How to Make it Happen

Indicators and Action Plan

​Enacting meaningful health reform requires a careful and balanced approach to improve quality, accompanied
by efforts to contain costs, eliminate wasteful spending and enhance efficiencies.
By “taking action to reshape the health of our community” we can place Western New York and our nation on
a path toward greater financial and health care security. The time to act is now. The viability of our health care
system and the economy are at stake.​

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