Payment and system reform
TAFP Payment Reform Summit
Lead or Be Led: How to Thrive in the Evolving Health Care Delivery System
Whether payment reform is based on the patient-centered medical home, bundled payment, accountable care, or a proposal yet to be imagined, physicians will play an integral role in its delivery and success. On Oct. 1, 2011, TAFP’s Payment Reform Summit brought together top experts from around the country to share their experiences in different payment models. View the videos below to learn their reform proposals and how to prepare your practice.
> Opening Remarks: What Am I Doing Here and Why Should I Care?
> The Market-Based Imperative to Transform Medical Practice
> What Employers Really Want and Are Willing to Pay For
> Family Medicine’s Time to Lead
> The Village Health Experience: High Quality, Cost-Effective Care Equals Patient & Payer Value
Payment reform: Trading volume for value
Remember when health care reform was all about slowly transforming care delivery to address rising costs? Welcome to the new reality, where deficit reduction is the first order of business. Can we solve the country’s health care cost crisis by aligning payment incentives with desired outcomes in a new era of austerity?
AAFP explains health care reform
This AAFP News Now Series deciphers and explains key provisions of the health care reform law that affect primary care physicians through a series of articles, each focusing on a single aspect of the law. Topics include how health care reform will change paperwork filing, how it will increase the role of community health centers, and how it ignores the issue of medical malpractice.
In a single page, “2010 Health Care Reform and the AAFP” outlines the key aspects of the law that directly affect family physicians and their patients.
AAFP teamed up with a coalition representing consumers, patients, physicians, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacists to create HealthCareandYou.org, an online resource to help physicians and patients better understand what’s in the Affordable Care Act. The interactive website includes facts about the health reform law and state-by-state listings of health care coverage options. It also includes a timeline of implementation for different measures of the law and will be updated should Congress alter it.
AAFP’s list of helpful links for state implementation provides a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about any aspect of the health care reform law from the state to the federal level. Included are links to the Congressional Budget Office, state coverage initiatives, and the National Academy for State Health Policy.
Learn about physician employment law through free recorded webinar
TAFP partnered with the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and the Texas Hospital Association to bring physicians a one-hour webinar explaining Senate Bill 894, the law that allows most rural Texas hospitals to directly employ physicians. It also explains the do’s and don’ts that you need to consider before entering into your first agreement. Originally broadcast on Oct. 25, an archive recording is available at no cost. Go to https://torchcast.webex.com, select “Recorded Sessions” from the left-side menu, and select “Physician Employment Webinar.”
Five short videos on five key concepts
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a series of short, animated videos focusing on five key concepts from the Affordable Care Act in hopes of helping people gain a clearer understanding of what the new law means for them. Each is about a minute long.
Prepared by the U.S. House committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor, this document published just before the bill signing lays out the purpose of the health care reform law and what it plans to accomplish in a variety of areas, including coverage, quality and efficiency of health care delivery, and increasing the number of primary care physicians.
This timeline breaks down key provisions of the health care law by what area they affect: tax changes, medical malpractice and prescription drugs, and the year they go into effect.
Impact on Texas
This April 2010 PowerPoint presentation from Texas HHSC provides statistics on how the health care reform law will specifically impact health care in Texas, including Medicare requirements and expansion and physician reimbursement rates. It also provides an appendix with raw statistics on Medicaid enrollment and an implementation timeline for key provisions of the health care reform law.
Impact on Medicare
From the Kaiser Family Foundation, this document explains how the health care reform law changes Medicare. In addition to describing its impact overall, the analysis also delves into specific aspects of Medicare such as the Part D drug benefit, Medicare Advantage, and physician payment reforms.