Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems ( Idss )

863 WordsMay 15, 20164 Pages
Introduction The U.S healthcare system has been characterized as complex, fragmented and costly, and one that thus results in an inefficient allocation of resources. Due to this, the concept of integrated healthcare delivery systems (IDSs) has gained much interest over the past few decades. Throughout healthcare policy, these systems have been considered the better solution to addressing issues surrounding not only the cost of care to the system, but the quality of care that is provided from the system. Much in alignment with the concepts of managed care, integrated delivery systems act to contain the cost of healthcare, while providing quality care to the consumer. Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems Defined According to Armitage et al, integrated delivery systems (IDSs) are systems that provide a means to build a more effective and efficient health care system that takes a patient-center focus and better meets the needs of the population served (Armitege, 2008). Although there are myriad types of IDSs within the American health care system, there are a few systems that take precedent within the healthcare policy conversation. Peter Kongstvedt writes that although there are a number of systems to consider, the basic elements of each system remain the same, and the common denominator is the physician (Kongstvedt, 2013). Background The concept of integrated delivery systems in health care emerged in the 1990s as a response to the ever-changing reimbursement
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