Washington, D.C. – On June 17, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) brought together 100 senior healthcare leaders from across the country to discuss eight barriers to successful health care payment reform and collectively recommend strategies to address these barriers.
In order for providers to deliver care that is higher value, more patient-centered, and better coordinated, alternative payment methods that reward value, rather than volume, need to be established. “We know how to get to better health and health care,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), “but the existing payment system gets in the way. By bringing together these national leaders and asking them to collectively tackle eight issues, we were able to produce almost 20 recommendations on how we can get closer to successful payment reform.”
This was NRHI’s third National Payment Reform Summit. Participants included national employers, regional employer coalitions, leaders of national and regional health plans, practicing physicians and leaders of physician organizations and hospitals, healthcare consumers, federal and state policymakers, leaders of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives, and healthcare policy experts.
Some of the barriers discussed included:
- How to design payment systems that support prevention, slow disease progression, and encourage healthy lifestyles
- How to protect providers from excessive financial risk as well as patients from under-treatment or loss of access to health care services
- How to design payment systems that help support and address social needs that patients might have
- How to make sure that providers have the data they need to deliver high-value care, and that employers have the information they need to purchase high-value care.
The Summit is just one example of how NRHI coordinates efforts by Regional Healthcare Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and other stakeholders to address national issues. NRHI released an Anthology at the event where you can learn more about Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives, the expertise each offers, and the work they do to advance transformation of health and health care. You can also find more information on www.nrhi.org.