Milbank Memorial Fund: (12/1) - The trust individuals have in their primary care doctors should play a role in plans to effectively distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. This blog outlines five reasons why primary care teams can play a critical role in making vaccine distribution programs successful.
Medscape: (12/1) - CMS Administrator Seema Verma has indicated in several remarks that CMMI value-based care models have not generated significant savings. This article discusses how this could impact physician income in the coming years and possible changes in value-based care models physicians should expect as CMMI works to improve these models.
Forbes (11/30) - Physicians are often held up as the foundation of the health care system, but the fee-for-service foundation on which the health care system was built puts physicians and health systems at risk of financial instability. While this has been exacerbated by the pandemic, independent physicians could be driving the change needed to navigate the current financial challenges and transform the health care system.
American Medical Association: (11/30) - In a recent webinar hosted by the Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative, experts shared strategies around how to integrate behavioral health and primary care in a way that improves patient care and that is financially sustainable for practices that rely on FFS, VBC payments, or a combination.
Mathematica: (11/30) - Mathematica published a new report summarizing findings from a five-year evaluation of DSRIP demonstrations in four states. Findings revealed how difficult it can be and how long it can take to establish and maintain the infrastructure needed to support value-based payment models in the states, and shared key lessons for future efforts.
Milbank Memorial Fund: (11/30) - Reflecting on the progress of value-based care models and areas in which models can improve, this article discusses how the Biden administration should take transformational approaches to make effective payment policy changes within the health care system. To do so, authors propose the need for incentive rewards or penalties that are substantial and a hard, risk-adjusted specification of quality goals.
Modern Healthcare: (11/30) - In preparation for CMS releasing the 2021 physician fee schedule, experts are suggesting providers evaluate compensation plans and operations. Dr. James Bock, chief physician executive at HSHS Medical Group, said it is difficult to predict how changes will impact primary and specialty care payments when there are still uncertainties around how the pandemic will continue to impact provider practices in the coming months.
Health Affairs: (11/25) - Value-based payment (VBP) structures could help reduce health disparities, and the pandemic has provided health care organizations with such models the flexibility to pivot the way care is delivered. This blog outlines three strategies payers and providers can implement to incorporate health equity in VBP design and implementation.