Alternative Payment Models and the Case of Safety-Net Providers in Massachusetts

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This report provides a comprehensive review of payment reform in Massachusetts and, in particular, how the changing landscape is affecting safety-net providers. Building off state-collected data that detail the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs) by payers over the course of 2012 and 2013, the report adds qualitative findings gathered from a sample of payers and providers in mid-2014. The qualitative findings focus on the variation in characteristics of Massachusetts global payment arrangements and the impact the contracts are having on safety-net providers. The report concludes with several recommendations that payers, the state, or foundations could provide to aid safety-net providers in their preparation for payment reform.

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Date: Mar 2015
Author: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation