Thoughts on health care quality
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In the last few years, there has been a growing focus on health care, related to quality and cost, by politicians, insurance industries, as well as healthcare organizations and providers. As an experienced cardiologist in practice for over three decades, I have been at the forefront of the evolving health care environment.
When it comes to health care, quality and cost should be reproducible over time, within the confines of a rapidly changing health care financial landscape. And so it is at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. At age eight years the Cardiovascular Program was recognized as one of the top 100 heart programs in the country -- think about that for a minute -- quite remarkable, again based on quality, cost, and value. And so in the last four years, the program has been in the top 50 to 100 programs three times!
One must be cautious of those who would have you believe that quality can be defined with billboards, newspaper ads and geographic directives, usually mixed with a few generic facts without any appropriate application or background. This approach can bring confusion and concern where there should be none. No matter where you live in the area, trust the cardiovascular care at Aurora BayCare Medical Center to be assured that you will receive proven, quality-driven, and cost-effective heart care.
Francis G. Wolf, MD, FACC, is a Aurora BayCare cardiologist whose fulltime practice is in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He also sees patients in Valders, Wisconsin. Dr. Wolf's special interests include congestive heart failure, coronary CT angiography, heart disease in women, risk factor and lifestyle modification, and heart disease in an aging population.