6 Value-based Care Challenges to Overcome - Vim

Tackling The Top Value-based Care Challenges

The healthcare industry is poised for a groundbreaking transformation with the advent of value-based care (VBC), a paradigm shift that intends to replace traditional volume-based, fee-for-service models. VBC focuses on rewarding healthcare providers for the quality of care they deliver and for achieving the best patient outcomes at the lowest possible cost.

This post will delve into the value-based care challenges of implementing this model and explore effective strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

What is Value-Based Care?

Value-based care (VBC) is a healthcare delivery model focused on quality over quantity. Healthcare providers (hospitals, physicians, etc.) are paid based on:

  • Patient health improvements: Successfully managing diseases, providing preventative care
  • Lowered healthcare costs: Avoiding unnecessary procedures, tests, and hospital stays
  • Enhanced patient experience: Measured through satisfaction scores and feedback

6 Value-based Care Challenges

1. Data Interoperability

Fragmented data systems make it difficult to get a complete picture of a patient for coordinated, quality care. Scattered patient information across different EHRs, labs, and specialists leads to gaps in care, missed information, and potentially duplicated services. This hurts efficiency and can even compromise patient safety.

2. Financial Risk

VBC shifts some or all risks from payers to providers, depending on the contracts in place. These arrangements demand careful financial management and upfront investment. Providers must take extra caution when they are financially accountable for their patient population’s health and spending. Successful VBC often requires new financial modeling, budgeting, and the willingness to invest in technologies for cost-effective care.

3. Provider Resistance

Some healthcare providers are reluctant to change familiar fee-for-service workflows and metrics. The value-based system means shifting focus from volume (number of procedures, visits) to outcomes. This can be unsettling for providers used to traditional reimbursement models and may require incentives and a clear understanding of the benefits VBC offers patients.

4. Complex Metrics

Numerous and often changing quality metrics can make it hard for providers to track progress and success accurately. VBC programs involve a multitude of performance targets, from preventative care rates to hospital readmission reductions. The sheer number and frequency of adjustments by payers can be overwhelming to track and manage.

5. Patient Engagement

VBC requires patients to be more involved in their care, a shift away from traditional passive roles. Success in VBC models is linked to preventive care and healthy lifestyle adjustments. This requires patients to be informed, motivated, and actively engaged in their healthcare journey.

6. Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)

Factors like poverty, housing insecurity, and lack of education can significantly impact care outcomes yet are often outside a provider’s control. Non-medical factors can dramatically affect a patient’s ability to follow treatment, access care, and maintain healthy behaviors. While outside a provider’s direct control, awareness of SDoH is critical to understanding patient challenges and providing support.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Value-based Care

Technology Investment

Robust health IT and data analytics tools are crucial for managing populations, tracking outcomes, and helping providers make informed decisions. Powerful data platforms consolidate information, uncover trends, identify high-risk patients, and track progress against VBC performance metrics.

Partnerships and Collaboration

Working with payers, community organizations, and tech vendors creates support and shared resources. Collaborating with payers aligns goals while partnering with tech firms provides specialized solutions. Community organizations can help address SDoH factors.

Workflow Redesign

Process streamlining and care coordination help teams adapt while ensuring patients receive the right care at the right time. VBC benefits from dedicated care managers, proactive outreach programs, and technology-enhanced communication to guide patients’ care journeys.

Staff Training

Educating providers and staff on VBC principles, goal setting, and new technologies is vital to success. Comprehensive training ensures everyone understands the latest models, how to use the tools, and what the quality targets are.

Addressing SDoH

Connecting patients to community resources to support their health outside the clinic. While providers can’t solve SDoH issues alone, they can be aware of them and partner with community programs to refer patients for additional services like food assistance, transportation, and educational support.

How Vim Can Help Overcome Value-Based Care Challenges

Vim, a company specializing in value-based care solutions, offers applications that directly address these challenges:

  • Data Interoperability: Vim’s platform sits on top of the most popular EHRs, creating a powerful source of truth for patient information. This gives providers a holistic view of each applicable patient, facilitating coordinated care and informed decision-making.
  • Financial Risk Mitigation: Vim’s risk adjustment solutions help providers navigate risk-based payment models. They allow content sponsors to surface suspected diagnoses in the EHR during active encounters to help maximize success under VBC.
  • Provider Support and Education: Vim helps empower its customers and their provider users by sharing educational resources and best practices for leveraging Vim’s solutions that enhance EHR workflows and address quality measures.
  • Workflow Optimization: Vim’s platform offers care management tools that streamline workflows and improve care coordination. Applications such as quality gaps, referral solutions, and patient health history contribute to care coordination and ensure patients receive the right care at the right time.

By implementing Vim’s solutions, healthcare providers can overcome many roadblocks hindering successful VBC adoption. Vim’s focus on getting data, insights, and applications to the point of care empowers healthcare organizations to thrive in the value-based care environment.


Value-based care is undoubtedly the future of healthcare, but its success requires overcoming significant challenges. By investing in technology, collaboration, and redesigning workflows, the healthcare industry can achieve the quality and cost benefits that VBC promises.

Vim’s point-of-care middleware platform, Vim Connect, surfaces data that drives performance on value-based and risk-sharing operations where provider care teams are already working—within EHR workflows. Vim’s solutions, including high-value referral selections, quality performance, and risk adjustment, can accelerate the transition to these operations without ever leaving the EHR.

Vim’s solutions are ideal for MSOs, VBC Enablers, ACOs, and ACO REACH participants with its provider-friendly and easy-to-deploy software that works across diverse EHRs

D'Anna Siegle

Director of Content Marketing at Vim

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