Value-Based Payment Models for Community Health Centers. Time to (Cautiously) Take the Plunge?
This system is limited by traditional volume-based reimbursement, meaning CHCs have incentives to schedule reimbursable in-person visits for simple issues (some of which could be managed more efficiently by telephone or electronic communication). So the visit volume remains the driving force behind financial stability impeding the evolution of advanced primary care delivery models.
A shift to value-based payment among CHCs could promote higher-quality, more efficient and more patient-centric care. This is an evidence-based strategy for improving health outcomes and slowing cost increases.
Authors: Jay Bhatia, Rachel Tobey, Michael Hochman
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