Case Study: Changing the Way Urology Care is Delivered

Case Study: Changing the Way Urology Care is Delivered for Better, Lower-Cost Outcomes

Independent Health and several forward-thinking, high-performing physician practices are on the leading edge of moving from a volume-based, fee-for-service model that drives often unnecessary overutilization of visits, tests, treatments and procedures toward value-based reimbursement that rewards physicians for providing patients with evidence-based medicine, while advancing safe, appropriate and effective care.

Among the practices Independent Health has been working with are WNY Urology and its affiliate company, Cancer Care of WNY, which have offices in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

Since July 2014, Independent Health and WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY have partnered on an alternative payment model that rewards physicians for adhering to best practices. Under this value-based model, physicians from WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY have been empowered to change the way they delivered care in order to drive down overutilization and make the system work better for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer and other conditions that impact the urinary-tract system and male reproductive organs.

Thanks to the ongoing collaboration and transparency between Independent Health and WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY, the model has produced impressive results and been beneficial to all involved.

  • WNY Urology’s/Cancer Care of WNY’s quality metrics have been higher than its peers.
  • WNY Urology’s/Cancer Care of WNY’s cost-per-episode rate for prostate cancer treatment was significantly lower than its peers.
  • Overall radiation rates have decreased among patients of WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY

Read more about this partnership.