As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.
Value-Based Innovation by State Public Employee Health Benefits Programs
Michael Bailit, Megan Burns and Mary Beth Dyer, Bailit Health
In late March 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS) program convened a meeting of public employee purchasers from multiple states to share strategies and learnings to promote value through their purchasing and benefit design work. The meeting participants described innovations in three areas: value-based payment; incentivizing selection of high-value providers; and incentivizing use of high-value services.
Value-Based Innovation by State Public Employee Health Benefits Programs provides an overview of three areas of value-based innovation and then affords a deeper examination into specific examples of state employee purchaser activity in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Washington. Despite their differences in size and scope, these state health care purchasers found they could learn from their colleagues in other states as they strive to improve the value of care. For a summary of the examples from the six states, we have also published an Overview that highlights policy innovations and findings to date.