At the end of April, the Learning & Action Network (LAN) held their 2016 Spring Health Care Payment LAN Summit, assembling hundreds of stakeholders from the public and private sectors including payers, purchasers, providers and patient advocates to work together to encourage the development of alternative payment models that incentivize quality instead of quantity of healthcare – an important facet of Compassion & Choices’ program work.
Federal Affairs Director Mark Dann represented C&C at the summit, connecting with key figures in the healthcare payment arena. “Given the reforms in the Affordable Care Act and now with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) it is a very exciting time to be a consumer voice in healthcare,” said Dann. “It is also a challenge, but there is steady pressure to stop compensating providers for the volume of services instead of their quality. As the system evolves, consumer advocates must be at the table.”
Medicare is also responding to the need for more person-centered care that emphasizes value over volume with key initiatives such as the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, which aims to cut down on emergency room visits and superfluous care, and making sure advance planning documents are followed and impact the care that is provided – ensuring people get the care they want to receive, in accordance with their personal preferences and values when they have an advanced illness or at the end of life.