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Payment and Delivery System Reform in Medicare: A Primer on Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations, and Bundled Payments

This primer providers an overview of certain delivery system reform models that are being examined in traditional Medicare, and explains model goals, financial incentives, potential beneficiary implications, and results so far with respect to Medicare spending and care quality. The primer discusses accountable care organizations, medical homes and bundled payments.

Dual Eligible Demonstrations: The Beneficiary Perspective

This issue brief provides insights about initial implementation of the financial alignment demonstrations from the perspective of dual eligible beneficiaries in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia, based on 12 individual interviews conducted in early 2015. Profiles of six beneficiaries are presented to illustrate representative program experiences, along with key findings from across all of the interviews.

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

Research demonstrates that improving population health and achieving health equity will require broad approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. This brief provides an overview of the broad factors that influence health and describes efforts to address them, including initiatives within Medicaid.

Medicare Delivery System Reform: The Evidence Link

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Evidence Link is an interactive resource that pulls together the latest available evidence on Medicare payment and delivery system reform models, with an initial focus on accountable care organization (ACO), medical home, and bundled payment models. Through FAQs and side-by-side comparison tables, the Evidence Link synthesizes the most up-to-date information on savings and quality results, and describes key design features of each Medicare model, such as how providers are paid, the number of beneficiaries receiving care under each model, where models are being tested, and timelines for evaluations.

8 FAQs: Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who voluntarily form partnerships to collaborate and share accountability for the quality and cost of care delivered to their patients. These FAQs describe the ACO models in Medicare and answer questions pertaining to spending and quality results, where models are located, and how many beneficiaries are involved. These Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) FAQs are part of the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link.

8 FAQs: Medicare Medical Home Models

Medical homes are typically team-based primary care practices that provide the majority of their patients’ health care needs either directly, or through coordination with other providers. These FAQs describe the medical home models in Medicare, and answer questions pertaining to spending and quality results, where models are located, and how many beneficiaries are involved. These Medicare medical home FAQs are part of the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link.

8 FAQs: Medicare Bundled Payment Models

Bundled payment models are a way for Medicare to establish a total budget for all services provided to a beneficiary throughout an episode of care. These FAQs describe the different types of Medicare bundled payment models, and answer questions pertaining to spending and quality results, where models are located, and how many beneficiaries are involved. These Medicare bundled payment FAQs are part of the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link.

The Evidence Link: A Tutorial

This tutorial walks users through the Medicare Delivery System Reform Evidence Link, including its FAQs and side-by-side comparison tables on Medicare accountable care organization (ACO), medical home, and bundled payment models.

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