HCP-LAN QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER | JULY 30, 2019
Accelerate Your APM Journey:
On July 22 and 29, the LAN launched the first two parts in a new educational video series covering select content from the Roadmap for Driving High Performance in Alternative Payment Models. The first two videos focus on APM Design, exploring payment structures in population-based and clinical episode models, and shared accountability between payers and providers. These videos also highlight some of the tool’s key promising practices on each of the subjects.
Over the next month, the LAN will release two more videos in the APM Design series: 1) Quality Measurement and 2) Multi-Payer Alignment. Check our LinkedIn page and Twitter feed on Mondays for those releases.
Stay tuned throughout the rest of the summer for two additional series that dive deeper into the Payer-Provider Collaboration and Person-Centered Care domains of the Roadmap.
We’d love your reactions to the Roadmap video series and value your feedback, so please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think.
Just Launched: The LAN LinkedIn Page!
On July 22, we officially launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network LinkedIn page. As you may know, the LAN has primarily used Twitter (@Payment_Network) and email announcements to share work products, interact with health care stakeholders, and update our followers on payment reform news from the field. We are expanding our social media presence to LinkedIn to engage a new audience and better reach the stakeholders and decision makers driving payment transformation.
This new public page, https://www.linkedin.com/company/payment-network/, replaces the current LinkedIn group and will serve as a go-to platform for LAN resources, news from the field, and multi-stakeholder discussions going forward.
Our goal is to inspire action; we hope this page will motivate you to take an active role in promoting successful APM adoption.
Please follow our page, share with your own networks, and join the discussion.
Thank you for your support!
Coming Soon: Registration for the 2019 LAN Summit!
The LAN is pleased to announce our seventh LAN Summit!
Join us on October 24 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill for the 2019 Summit, which will bring together leading industry experts, media members, and other influential stakeholders around this year’s theme of Aligning for Shared Accountability. Plenary and breakout session content will focus on alternative payment model (APM) design, payer-provider collaboration, and person-centered care, with an emphasis on payment models with shared accountability. Registration for the Summit will open soon, and you can reserve your room for this one-day event now.
As our health care system continues to embrace the transition to APMs that reduce costs, increase quality of care, and improve health outcomes, the LAN remains a trusted catalyst for change and alignment, and a forum for sharing resources and best practices. Annually, the LAN Summit provides attendees valuable access to leading experts and to 800+ fellow participants seeking to change the trajectory of health care payment in the U.S.
Evaluating the Field: The 2019 APM Measurement Effort
The LAN’s 2019 APM Measurement Effort is underway. For the past four years, the LAN has measured nationwide progress of commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare fee-for-service payers in APM adoption, with the goal of creating a value-driven health care system.
Last year’s LAN Measurement Effort (based on 2017 data) found that over 226 million covered Americans, and 34 percent of health care payments, were tied to APMs—a 5 percent increase from the year prior. This year, we are again partnering with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), as well as the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) and the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) to reach the broadest range of participants and evaluate the continued upward trend in APM adoption.
Thank you to all of our partners and to all who have signed up to participate in this effort. We look forward to sharing the results, as well as the implications for future APM adoption and payment reform efforts, at the 2019 LAN Summit!
New to the LAN: The Downside Risk Work Group
In May, the LAN established a Downside Risk Work Group to discuss and evaluate potential approaches to measuring the levels of downside risk in APMs, specifically APM Framework categories 3B, 4A, 4B, and 4C. The Downside Risk Work Group participants consist of private regional and national health plan representatives, state Medicaid agency members, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
So far, discussions from the Work Group meetings have indicated that many health plans operate under the assumption that moving providers to risk will lead to higher-value health care. While it is unlikely that any downside risk measurement approach will address the effectiveness of these types of arrangements, health plans do show interest in understanding the prevalence of different types of downside risk models. In future meetings, the Downside Risk Work Group will advise on the value and feasibility of collecting this type of data in future LAN measurement efforts.
Stay tuned for more insights from the Work Group!
A Thank You to the LAN Guiding Committee
This year, the LAN is transitioning into a new phase, focusing on collective action and impact. We will be launching new health care stakeholder forums to engage partners and support new work to inspire and equip the field to accelerate value-based payment transformation. We are excited for this journey and hope that you will join us along the way to transforming the health care landscape.
On that note, the LAN wishes to extend its sincere thank you to the LAN Guiding Committee, led by co-chairs Dr. Mark McClellan and Dr. Mark Smith. Over the past four years, the Guiding Committee has provided invaluable strategic guidance and served as the cornerstone in shaping the LAN’s vision and foundational efforts. Guiding Committee members have been instrumental in both developing the LAN’s broad resource portfolio and the dissemination of these resources to the public. The LAN’s success and achievements could not have been accomplished without the Committee’s time, energy, and collaborative spirit.