The Triple Aim, an approach to health delivery that targets quality, cost and population health, could have been just another piece of healthcare jargon. Instead, hospitals and health systems large and small have adopted it as framework for major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a recent assessment of the approach, the architects of the idea looked back over the past seven years and concluded that, “the Triple Aim became part of the US national strategy for tackling health care issues,” especially in the implementation of the PPACA. John Whittington, one of the authors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement study,Pursuing the Triple Aim: The First Seven Years, put it this way last week: “We were very fortunate in the timing of this idea. “Others agree, noting that the Triple Aim, along with the financial incentives built into the healthcare reform law, is generating meaningful changes in the way health care is delivered.
Healthcare Leaders, June 22, 2015