Michael Motley, MPH
The Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII) continues to demonstrate improvements in healthcare quality and reductions in costs, positioning Arkansas as a national leader in value-based healthcare innovation, a new report by ACHI shows.
Arkansas was one of the first states ― and the first Southern state ― to create a multi-payer effort to change the way in which healthcare providers are paid. The AHCPII is a statewide-level shift away from a fee-for-service payment structure, which potentially incentivizes a high volume of services delivered, toward an alternative healthcare payment system that rewards providers for positive patient outcomes. Since the first components of the AHCPII were launched in 2012, the initiative has supported high-quality, efficient care for a large number of the state’s citizens.
Updates on the AHCPII’s progress noted in ACHI’s latest Statewide Tracking Report include:
Due to the state’s significant advancement towards value-based payment models, Arkansas providers are positioned to succeed as similar value-based efforts are pursued at the federal level. Multi-payer participation has been more fully realized and in turn has increased provider incentives and bolstered participation. As more providers join the PCMH program, and more care is delivered under value-based strategies, patients and providers alike stand to benefit. Continued engagement and input from providers, state leaders, and other stakeholders remains critically necessary to sustain the progress and success of AHCPII.
More information can be found at www.paymentinitiative.org.