This post originally appeared on the Health Affairs blog.

    Health plans have an important opportunity to lead the way in gauging where we stand as a nation on the pathway to payment reform. In mid-May, the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) will launch an eight-week nationwide data collection program with public and private plans, concluding in mid-July. This initiative follows the development of the APM Framework by the LAN’s APM Framework and Progress Tracking Work Group in January of this year. The results of this effort will help the LAN assess progress toward its goal of 30% adoption of APMs by 2016 and 50% by 2018 for the U.S. health system.

    To gain a more complete picture of APM adoption nationwide, the LAN is recruiting 200–300 public and private health plans nationwide to participate alongside several of the larger health plans that have already joined the APM data collection effort. Those who participate will help to advance understanding of the current state of payment innovation, and provide insights to advance effective payment reform for the future. This LAN initiative to measure APM adoption is a key activity in our collective efforts to transform heath care to better care, healthier people, and smarter spending.

    To participate in this crucial effort, send an email to paymentnetwork@mitre.org.

    Please note that guest blogs from Guiding Committee and Work Group members represent the views of the individual authors and do not represent official positions of the Guiding Committee, Work Groups, CAMH, or CMS.

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    Sam NussbaumSam Nussbaum, MD

    Dr. Nussbaum serves as Chair of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Alternative Payment Model Framework & Progress Tracking Work Group. He is former Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Anthem.

     

    Patrick Conway

    Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

    Dr. Conway serves as a member of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He is Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

     

    Mark McClellan

    Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

    Dr. McClellan serves as Co-chair of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He is Director of the Robert J Margolis Center for Health Policy and Robert Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine and Health Policy at Duke University.

     

    Mark SmithMark Smith, MD, MBA

    Dr. Smith serves as Co-chair of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He is Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco.

     

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