Q: Do you think HHS un­der Rep. Tom Price, who has very dis­tinct views about the fed­eral govern­ment and its role, will keep the value-based pay­ment agenda on tar­get?

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Don­ald Fisher: “That’s on our mind ev­ery day be­cause we re­ally want to move for­ward on this. Pay­ing providers based on volume and in­ten­sity of ser­vice re­ally isn’t in the pa­tient’s best in­ter­est. You want to pay providers based on the out­comes they get and the value they pro­vide.

“There was bi­par­ti­san sup­port for mov­ing to a val­ue­based pay­ment. Our con­cern ini­tially when the law was passed was that they were mov­ing way too fast and it would take three to five years to get ready. We just fin­ished a sur­vey of our mem­bers and what we’ve seen is they’ve in­creased their ca­pac­ity to be a val­ue­based re­im­burse­ment sys­tem.

“There is de­sire on both sides of the aisle to pay providers for get­ting good qual­ity care in an ef­fi­cient way. I can’t see that be­ing rolled back. The big­gest is­sue will be how long do they want to take to get there. If they slow it down too much, there could be a whole lot of prob­lems that would pop up just like we’ve seen with ACOs, where they won’t be as suc­cess­ful as we had hoped they would be and then it will be aban­doned.”

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