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Shift to Value-Based Payment Still Strong Under New Administration

July 05, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Director, Kate Goodrich, said that value-based payment programs are likely to continue under the new administration during an accountable care organization event in Virginia last week.

There has been wide speculation about the future of these types of initiatives since the appointment of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, M.D., who has historically criticized the mandatory nature of these types of program. Goodrich confirmed the effort to shift payment to health care providers from a fee-for-service platform to one based on the value of services provided will continue, though the intensity of the shift is still in question.

HAP initiated a value-based payment advisory work group in 2016 and continues to work with members on various value-based payment initiatives both federally and at the state level.  In addition, HAP recently issued a value-based payment survey designed to help HAP:

  • Measure the extent of VBP model adoption among Pennsylvania hospitals
  • Determine key challenges for members in implementing these models
  • Identify specific hospital and provider challenges and issues HAP can assist with through advocacy efforts

Please ask the appropriate person on your team to complete the value-based payment survey by July 14.

For additional information on the survey or on HAP’s efforts related to value-based payment, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s senior director, health care finance policy.

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