The first thing that strikes you, and there are many to choose from, is the sheer level of education that Deirdre Baggot has achieved. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy Degree at the University of Colorado along with a Business Administration Master’s Degree at Loyola University School of Business in Chicago. In addition to those impressive degrees Deirdre Baggot also completed her Nursing Bachelor of Science Degree.
Deirdre has put this stellar education to good use. Deidre Baggot is a strong advocate of bundled payments for healthcare services rather than the traditional fee-for-service payments. A bundled pay system can alleviate stress for patients who should be able to focus all of their attention to regaining their health and not be stressed about their payment system. The commonly used fee-for-services system meant that patients, who were already under immense stress, were also faced with a barrage of bills for various services. Many of the patients are also low income and that, coupled with the toll an illness can take, was causing unnecessary hardships at the exact time that patients could not cope with them. View Slideshare.com to learn more.
It was not just the patients that could benefit from the bundled payment system, as medical offices were also spending a great deal of time dealing with the various requests and forms that accompanied the fee-for-service plan. Between the savings of time for medical offices and patients the benefits were clear to Deirdre, and she has spent the last few months working on reforming the system and regularly blogs to explain the intricacies of the process.
The bundled payment system is not the only thing in the Healthcare field that Deirdre is working on. She was also one of the first proponents of a ‘checklist’. By implementing a system that would avoid ordering excessive tests for her patients she could streamline their care and avoid wasted time and money on tests that would not help. This system is now called ‘care protocol’, which has allowed both doctors and patients to focus their care with greater precision. Deirdre’s work is rooted in her passion to help patients and her work will surely do so.