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How Alternative Payment Models in Healthcare Can Impact Cost

As we continue to focus on value-based payment models, there is a strong belief that moving away from fee-for-service payments towards a per-patient rate for primary care providers will decrease overall costs. The counter concern is that this may also lead to reduced care because of the financial incentive to avoid services. Primary care providers (PCPs) have the… Read More »

Does Reducing Hospital-based Care Actually Reduce Overall Costs?

There is a definite belief that if we invest in care that prevents Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations, there is a positive impact on outcomes and costs. For instance, a recent study in Health Affairs by Wright et al. evaluated this belief in the Iowa Medicaid Healthy Behaviors Program. In their research, they found a substantial decrease in… Read More »