As Value-Based Care expands, payers are emphasizing cost reduction all the more. Newer CMS payment models like ACO REACH reinforce cost control by capping reimbursement in total global payments to ACOs. In turn, global payments enable ACOs to directly negotiate rates with preferred provider specialists.
In addition to focusing on controlling costs delivered through primary care, your ACO should pursue strategies to stem total patient care costs (TCC) through specialty services. Between 40 to 60 percent of total patient care costs are driven by specialty physicians. While rate negotiations address the price of individual specialty services, the greater opportunities lie in addressing cost variation of services, outcomes that drive up utilization and cost, and avoidance of low-value services.