On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a $740 billion reconciliation package. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill by August 12. This expert perspective describes the healthcare provisions included in the IRA, such as provisions to improve the affordability of healthcare for Medicare and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace enrollees. The expert perspective also describes several significant healthcare policies included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act that were left out of the Senate package.
Considerations for State Development of Performance Measure Sets
Beth Waldman and Michael Bailit, Bailit Health Purchasing, LLC
As states play a more active role in health care delivery system and payment reform, Medicaid programs have joined other public and private sector purchasers in measuring performance as part of value-based purchasing initiatives. While essential to value-based purchasing, performance measurement can create a significant administrative burden for providers. This burden can grow significantly when individual payers (e.g., insurers, managed care plans, and third-party administrators) utilize different measures. There is a growing interest by Medicaid programs and other payers in developing common measure sets to reduce administrative burden on providers and send a common message to them about performance accountability. This guide provides an overview of the steps states should take in developing a performance measure set—either on their own or in partnership with others—identifies critical considerations, and offers guidance in selecting measures.