The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 as a signature effort to assist in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. Included as part of the sweeping legislation is a program to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for six months starting in April of 2021. This expert perspective provides a short overview of COBRA and mini-COBRA, the major elements of the ARPA COBRA Assistance program, and considerations for state policymakers related to the program.
Special Topics in Payment Reform: State Levers, Multi-Payer Approaches, and Measurement
Michael Bailit and Mary Beth Dyer, Bailit Health Purchasing, LLC
The final webinar in a three-part series on payment reform, this presentation by Bailit Health Purchasing addresses special topics in payment reform including using state levers to implement payment reform, multi-payer strategies, and measuring delivery system performance. Examples of state levers will include legislative and regulatory action, utilizing purchasing authority, and coordinating across public entities. The webinar also discusses the role of performance measurement in value-based payment models and the adoption of performance measurement sets.