Triple Aim : An Initiative Created By The Institute For Healthcare Improvement

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Triple Aim is an initiative created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The primary goals are to improve patient experience, improve overall population health of Americans, and decrease the per capita cost of health care. These goals are a part of the care reform integrated into the nationwide strategy that was established as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Zimmer, 2015) signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The ACA contains substantial modifications to how health care is compensated, funded, and provided within the timeframe of 2010 to 2018 to achieve all of the objectives. A few of the initiatives include the expansion of Medicaid, changes to private and small business health plans, participation conditions, federal subsidies, and limitations on cost sharing. The Triple Aim provides guidance for the creation of strategies to address the suitable delivery of health care services such as, improving patient care coordination and chronic disease management, preventative health, and eliminate the misuse of healthcare services. The fundamental idea with initiating the triple aim is to simultaneously work at all three goals to achieve better patient health and health care systems. According to Bucher & O 'Day (2014), Triple Aim is the answer to optimize health system performance and patient outcomes. An analysis of Triple Aim reveals several difficulties with implementation, the importance of population health, attempts to “bend the cost curve”,
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