Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework White Paper
    Refreshed 2017

    Report: Released July 11, 2017


    This white paper puts forward an alternative payment model (APM) framework that can be used to track progress on payment reform along a path that supports person-centered care. First published in January 2016 and modified in 2017 to reflect fast-moving developments in the APM landscape, the Framework establishes a common nomenclature for defining, implementing, and sharing successful payment models and has been widely adopted across the health care ecosystem. The 2017 update makes changes to Framework subcategories, clarifies payment reform goals, and identifies ways to increase APM adoption among small, rural, and safety-net providers.


    Publication Info

    Publication date: July 11, 2017
    47 pages

    Suggested Citation: Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network. Alternative Payment Models (APM) Framework.
    July 11, 2017.


    Accelerating Payment Reform Through Informed and Engaged Family Physicians
    by Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP

    Changing How we Pay for Primary Care
    by Sarah Callahan, MHSA; William Golden, MD, MACP; Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA;

    Ensuring the Debate has the Patient in Mind and in the Room
    by Patrick Courneya, MD

    Increasing Purchasing Power in Washington State
    by Dorothy Teeter, MHA

    Making Health Care Responsive to Patients
    By Nancy Lemond, MA

    Paying Providers For Value: The Path Forward
    by Sam Nausbaum, MD

    Paying Providers For Value: The Path Forward (Update) 
    by Sam Nausbaum, MD; Patrick Conway, MD, MSc; Mark McClellan, MD, PhD; Mark Smith, MD, MBA

    Population-Based Payment Models: Overcoming Barriers, Accelerating Adoption
    by Elizabeth Mitchell

    Purchasers and Value-Based Payment: What You Can Do Now
    by Sally Welborn

    Why Regional Data and Local Relationships Will Reform Health Care Payment Nationally
    by Elizabeth Mitchell; Dana Gelb Safran, ScD; Glenn Steele, MD, PhD

    Archival Materials

    Draft APM Framework Refresh paper (May 2017): Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework 

    Original APM Framework paper (January 2016): Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework

    Original APM Framework One Pager (January 2016): Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework

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