This week, Medicare Rights joined health care leaders from across the country for the annual summit of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN). As a committed partner of the LAN, Medicare Rights is one of over 130 national and state organizations working to change how health care is paid for—moving away from paying on the basis of volume (meaning paying a fee for each discrete service) to paying for value (meaning paying for better quality care at a lower cost). Medicare Rights was proud to be an invited member of the LAN’s Primary Care Payment Model (PCPM) Work Group. As part of the Work Group, we added the consumer and patient perspective to a draft white paper on optimal ways to pay for and deliver primary care services.
At the summit, we participated in two listening sessions on the draft white paper. Medicare Rights spoke to three themes critically important to patients and their families that must be considered as Medicare and other payers explore new ways to reimburse for and provide primary care. Those themes include:
We are proud to see these three themes reflected in the principles and recommendations of the LAN’s draft white paper on primary care payment models. The draft white paper is now open for comments from the public. Medicare Rights, the PCPM Work Group, and the LAN welcome thoughts on how to strengthen the white paper, including on the themes of partnership, equity, and transparency.