Healthcare leaders are eager for a modicum of clarity when it comes to the industry’s shift to value-based healthcare given the uncertainties of Congress and the new Administration.
Fortunately, an analysis of three key pieces of information tells us value-based healthcare is likely here to stay:
The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures).
The Executive Order on reducing the “burden” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Tom Price’s comments at his confirmation hearings.
It is a relatively safe bet that value-based healthcare delivery and payment programs will continue to be supported by federal law and regulation for several reasons:
Bipartisan support: The success of Cures indicates that bipartisan cooperation will continue on key healthcare issues.
Market-based innovation: The emerging evidence is that Congress and the Administration will support innovation in payment and delivery models.
Support for Existing ACA Innovation programs: Although highly uncertain, there are some indications that not all of the ACA will be scrapped.