Scorecard on Medicare Payment Reform

An independent review of Medicare payments reveals that 42% of the healthcare dollars Medicare paid to providers in its fee-for-service program in 2013 were designed to boost the value of care patients receive.

An independent review of Medicare payments reveals that 42% of the healthcare dollars Medicare paid to providers in its fee-for-service program in 2013 were designed to boost the value of care patients receive. Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), a nonprofit coalition of employers and other healthcare purchasers pushing for better value in healthcare, released the findings today in its Scorecard on Medicare Payment Reform, the first such analysis of the billions of dollars Medicare pays to healthcare providers.

CPR’s Scorecard comes on the heels of an announcement by HHS that it has set ambitious goals for increasing the proportion of Medicare payments designed to improve the value of care patients receive. HHS goals include tying 50% of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value by the end of 2018 through alternative payment models. CPR’s groundbreaking review of Medicare payments will provide a baseline against which to track value-oriented Medicare payments going forward.

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