ACHP Statement in Response to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s Endorsement of Payment-for-Quality in Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), issued the following statement today in reaction to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) vote yesterday to recommend paying providers in Medicare according to their performance:

“The current policy of paying health plans and providers the same, irrespective of patient outcomes, is a substantial barrier to better health care in theUnited States.  We applaud MedPAC for again recognizing that patient outcomes will improve if Medicare is retooled to reward better care.

“During the last two years, MedPAC has recommended that a payment-for-quality system begin with all Medicare Advantage (MA) plans — including HMOs and PPOs.  This is the right place to start, because MA plans have a history of measuring performance and publicly reporting quality information that doesn’t exist in traditional fee-for-service Medicare. 

“MedPAC’s endorsement of payment-for-performance should send a clear message to Congress that it is time to reward quality in health care.  ACHP looks forward to working with MedPAC and the 109th Congress to improve outcomes for all Medicare beneficiaries.”

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