The White House's effort to quantify the nation's progress on converting to alternative payment models is about to kick off with a two-day summit that's bringing together the healthcare industry's heaviest hitters.
Dr. Sam Nussbaum, a former vice president and chief medical officer at Anthem, and Dr. Mark McClellan, the former CMS and Food and Drug Administration head who is now a Duke University professor, are among those leading the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.
At the summit in Tysons, Va., next week, the network will try to recruit 200 to 300 public and private health plans to provide data. Participants will categorize their payments to providers in order to have that aggregated with data from other payers and identify any major differences in adoption of alternative payment models, or APMs, among commercial, Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage plans.
The results of this effort will help the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network “assess progress toward its goal of 30% adoption of APMs by 2016 and 50% by 2018 for the U.S. health system,” according to a recent blog, co-bylined by Nussbaum and McClellan.
The CMS has pledged to push half of its more than $300 billion in annual Medicare fee-for-service spending into contracts with incentives to manage quality and costs by 2018.
Actual data collection will begin in May and the eight-week quantitative data survey will run from May 16 to July 8.