Press Release

ACHP Joins Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2015
CONTACT:  Rachel Schwartz
202-785-2247 (office)

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is pleased to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, an ambitious Department of Health and Human Services initiative to move Medicare and the entire health care system toward payment based on quality rather than quantity.

ACHP joins other organizations that support national alternative payment model goals for the U.S. health system that match or exceed the Medicare goals of 30 percent alternative payment model penetration by 2016 and 50 percent by 2018; agree that the progress toward national goals should be measured; and work with network participants to establish standard definitions for alternative payment models.

“ACHP is excited to be part of the national movement toward value-based payment,” says ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith. “Community-based health plans have experienced the results of alternative payment models first-hand: Increased physician engagement, lowered costs and improved patient experiences. By involving physicians in the design of new models, including defining quality, cost and satisfaction measures upon which incentive payments would be based, ACHP member health plans continue to learn what is necessary for successful implementation.”

The kick-off meeting of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network was live-streamed today from the White House.


About ACHP
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans. These 23 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reforms, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more about ACHP, go to