As the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) enters its second decade, a confluence of factors has opened a window of opportunity to move beyond simply testing new models to transforming our health system into one that is more resilient for patients and providers. In this moment, achieving measurable and sustainable savings without compromising quality will require policy makers to operationalize the long-discussed goal of patient-centeredness.
Here, we offer the following three ways that policy makers and practitioners can integrate patient-centered elements into alternative payment models (APMs):
- Emphasize access to community- and home-based care options to meet patients where they are;
- Build capacity to address patient needs holistically to impact social determinants of health (SDoH) and advance health equity; and
- Increase points of communication between providers and patients to strengthen care.