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Invited Commentary
February 2017

Alternative Alternative Payment Models

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):222-223. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8280

Some of the most promising strategies for controlling spending and improving the quality of care delivered in the United States are payment reforms that aim to give health care providers an incentive to improve value. Health care providers are often in the best position to identify ways to reduce waste and help their patients chose the most efficient sites and types of care. Giving health care providers a financial stake in driving value can be much more effective and palatable than runaway health care spending, pushing the risk onto patients, or subjecting them to one-size-fits-all insurer rules.