HHS Network to Facilitate Transition to Alternative Payment Models

A newly formed network will help providers, payers, employers, states, consumer groups, and others partner with the federal government to more quickly implement alternative payment models for the healthcare delivery.

Launched in March by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network was established to accelerate the transition from the current volume-based (fee-for-service) healthcare delivery model to value-based (alternative payment) model.

In January 2015, HHS set a goal of tying 30% of Medicare fee-for-service payments to value through alternative payment models by 2016 and 50% by 2018. As of January 2016, an estimated 30% of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models.

It is hoped that the creation of the new network will further accelerate this transition to meet the goals set by HHS by aligning work done by the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

A main function of the network is to act as a convening body to facilitate collaborative approaches toward the development and implementation of alternative payments models. Online workgroups and leaning sessions (via teleconference and webinars) on adopting alternative payment models and other care delivery models are available to all network participants. In addition, in-person meetings will be held in the Washington D.C. area.