Today’s link round up covers national initiatives focused on increasing value over volume and data sharing as a key player in alternative payment methods.
The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, made up of the Department of Health and Human Services and partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors, is working towards a transition to value based payment. This collaboration between payers, providers, consumers and other key stakeholders will align efforts and lay the groundwork for payment reform. The network’s work is linked to increasing the percentage of Medicare fee-for-service payments linked to quality. Read more in this press release and this article from Health IT Outcomes.
An article over on Health Leaders Media discussed the need for more “accurate, actionable and timely information” for physicians. While physicians are interested in alternative payment models, they’re also overwhelmed by the required metrics and reporting required by payers. This is an area that’s been heavily discussed within the APM pilot clinics here in Oregon. The article highlights a study by RAND researchers that found practices are collaborating with others to support the upfront investment required by alternative payment models, but challenges arise when payment models conflict with one another.
However, at the same time alternative payment models have prompted more health data sharing, as the New York Times published: “the economic incentives for data-sharing, some medical experts say, are beginning to fall into place.” The article discusses sharing data with patients, in particular, to improve health outcomes.