The Morning Consult
Opinion by Nick Valeriani
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set ambitious goals on a series of healthcare reforms including new Medicare payment models and a proposed deadline for interoperability. These are two bold steps that can incentivize quality care and help bring smart technologies into our healthcare system that enable more connected, coordinated and cost-effective healthcare.
Monday’s announcement by HHS that half of all Medicare payments would move to alternative payment models like accountable care organizations (ACO) and bundled payment programs by 2018 potentially changes how healthcare will be reimbursed. The focus on value was made clear by the commitment to have 90% of all traditional Medicare payments linked to quality or value by 2018 as well. Shifting the incentive for care providers from doing more to doing better will ultimately result in a more effective healthcare delivery system.