New Medicare Targets Seen as Big Step in Restructuring How We Pay for Healthcare

January 28, 2015 5:44 AM

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New Medicare Targets Seen as Big Step in Restructuring How We Pay for Healthcare

The shift to paying healthcare providers based on how successfully they keep their patients healthy – rather than simply for the quantity of services they provide -- is sure to gain even more impetus following an announcement about quality-of-care targets that federal officials have given themselves for reimbursing Medicare providers.

Half of Medicare payments to providers in 2018 will be through accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other alternative payment models that are based on holding providers accountable for the value of the services they provide, according to targets announced by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human S...

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