HHS Announces Payment Learning Network

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new virtual learning network aimed at increasing the use of value-based purchasing and alternative payment models. HHS recently announced a goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models by 2016, with a goal of tying 50 percent of such payments through alternative models by 2018. The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network is open to providers, employers, states, consumers and others and will address “core issues such as beneficiary attribution, financial models, benchmarking, quality and performance measurement, risk adjustment and other topics,” according to an HHS announcement. Most meetings will be held via teleconferences and webinars; information from in-person meetings to be held in Washington DC will be shared with all participants. A Network kick-off event is scheduled for March 25, 2015. Registration to participate in the Network is available at http://innovationgov.force.com/hcplan.