Are you considering entering into APM contracts with private payers? Bravo! Teaming with commercial health plans and employers is a strong opportunity for growing patients through APM arrangements. Expanding your APM agreements into all payment types will be essential to back the incentives you build into your workforce for performance-based pay. But those contracts must align with your APM strategies and support your goals.
Our focus here is on APM contracts with health plans. Health plans may be eager to adopt these arrangements with you, if their analytics of your organization demonstrate good outcomes and reasonable costs. Population-based payments, which proved to keep many providers afloat during the pandemic, may help you financially and enable you to incrementally explore those benefits in a smaller number of patients.
Expanding your APM contracting to the private market should be a priority as soon as feasible. That said, there are many issues you should consider, both before and during the process of negotiations.
While employers have also greatly increased contracting with provider organizations, that’s a topic for the future. Employer arrangements are often between one employer and one health system with specified services, and thus uniquely arranged. It’s hard to assess their APM value in general, as they are too new and customized to have a track record.