Alan Weil on Payment Reform

“We should remember, however, that payment reform is a tool, not an end in itself; and we should be clear about our goals and then deploy the tool where it can help us achieve those goals” Alan Weil, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, has written a two part blog series on payment reform over on the Health Affairs Blog. Part One, “Why I Oppose Payment Reform” and Part Two, “How to Succeed at Payment Reform (By Really Trying)” are available now.

A Medical Student’s Perspective

By Glenn Kautz, MPH For the average medical student in their first two years, the words “health systems innovation,” provokes a similar reaction as “quantum mechanics;” a vague concession that the concept exists, followed by a momentary consideration of why that might be important, a shrug, and finally a resumption of trying to memorize 1023 facts before dawn. While our most basic motivation stems from helping our future patients, the daily Sisyphean pursuit of medical knowledge shapes us into experts at deciphering what we must learn in order to survive academically. Thus, the focus is most often on the what,...

APM: Empowering New Ways Of Providing Care

Part 2 By Erika Cottrell, Jill Arkind and Sonja Likumahuwa  In Part 1 of this post, we discussed how the shift of the payment model allows community health centers the opportunity to leverage the care team to provide better care. We conclude by offering more examples of  team collaboration made possible by the new payment model.  (Note: This article originally appeared on the Health Affairs Blog on July 21, 2014. An edited version is being reposted here as part of the research effort investigating the impact of Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) on the delivery of primary care in safety-net populations. Through this website, Frontiers of Health...