America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) hosted a Summit on Shared Accountability on October 18 that showcased a variety of innovative payment models that regional and national health plans have implemented across the country, such as ACO-contracting, patient-centered medical homes, and bundled payments. Health plans and their provider partners discussed key program features, lessons learned, and results that have been achieved in terms of higher quality care, better health outcomes, and lower health care costs.
The presentations are available on our conference website here: http://www.ahip.org/conferencesonline/aco11 (Password: SummitDC11).
A recent AHIP study that appears in the September edition of Health Affairs found that new health care delivery and payment models in the private sector are being shaped by active collaboration between health insurance plans and providers. The article found that not all providers are equally prepared to enter into accountable care arrangements and that flexibility and the technical assistance and support of health plans will be key to the success of these arrangements.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Proposed Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and announced additional care initiatives through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The new AHIP study identifies several important lessons that can inform how the rule is developed.