Partners Christopher Donovan and C. Frederick Geilfuss discussed alternative health care payment models allowed under the Affordable Care Act in “Alternative Payment Models Pose Big Opportunities,” an article they wrote for CFO Magazine.
Donovan and Geilfuss explain that the payment models attempt to address the cost of health care while also improving quality by moving away from fee-for-service models and instead use shared-savings programs, bundled and/or episode-based payment arrangements, medical homes and capitation to change the reimbursement methodology.
They continue on to explain one of the more successful programs, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which has been credited with saving more than $400 million in each of the last two years.
These alternative health care payment models may be especially beneficial to self-funded employers and provide several models for improving health care and lowering costs.
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