Pros and Cons of Healthcare Alternatives
When being compared, a provider-led network and a larger health care system each has its plus and minus points when it's intended for primary care. Further analysis related to the advantages and disadvantages of both systems can be found below.
- In a study conducted by J.D. Power, the member satisfaction rates of this service were found to be higher compared to regular health care, especially patients living in Maryland (723); East South Central (722); California (716); Michigan (716); and Ohio (714) who scored the highest satisfaction rates throughout the country. This research observed five key aspects to determine the member satisfaction rates, including coverage and benefits; provider network; communication; claims processing; premiums; and customer service.
- Another study conducted in 2018 reported that nurse-led network for primary care produced slightly higher patient satisfaction and quality of life rates. The same study also found the improved patients' blood pressures in nurse-led primary care.
- According to research conducted in 2018, provider-led networks are associated with lower procedure rates and higher effectiveness in their treatments.
- By cutting the infrastructure costs and using effective integrated health systems, provider-led networks may offer better overall value to their consumers.
- Consultations might take longer in provider-led networks.
- Provider-led networks tend to be less profitable, hence the services might be at risk to not be accessible for customers in the following years.
Large Health Care System
- US larger health care systems are most likely to offer the latest technologies to treat their patients, such as using artificial intelligence, virtual healthcare, nanomedicine, virtual reality, 3D printing, and robots to do meticulous surgical procedures.
- Compared to provider-led networks, the cost bill may be higher due to the increased health care costs outside of the physician group. The factors of what makes health care isn't affordable in the US are the administrative costs, drug costs, defensive medicine, multiple combinations of different expensive treatments, wages and work rules, as well as the branding costs. Additionally, medical debt is the biggest cause of bankruptcy in the US.
- Large health care systems are found to create lower consumer satisfaction.
We first began our research by looking through customer survey and patient satisfaction studies, journal articles, and researches in reputable platforms such as NCBI, Cochrane Library, and AJMC. Our focus was to search a study that directly compared a provider-led network and a larger health care system.
Although we managed to gather some useful insights, our research team decided to dive deeper into this topic by reviewing numerous articles from different news platforms to find more information related to the advantages and disadvantages of provider-led network and a larger health care system. We also attempted to seek personal customer commentaries on a provider-led network and a larger health system, but we were unable to find any. As for our next strategy, we visited the websites of provider-led networks, such as Cone Health Medical Group, PLAN, and Eastside Health Network; and large health care systems, such as Cone Health, Advantage Healthcare Systems, and HCA Healthcare. After extensive research on various articles and studies, we concluded that patients' feedback towards the services of both systems might not be disclosed for public viewing. Then we browsed through government websites, including Medicare, CDC, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to collect any information related to provider-led networks and larger health care systems. However, the data that we managed to find was ranging from case studies and other unassociated news despite using specific keywords related to the inquiry.