29% of US health system payments tied to alternative models

The percentage of U.S. health system payments linked to alternative payment models grew to 29 percent in 2016, up from 23 percent a year prior, according to a Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network report.

For the analysis, LAN calculated the amount of health plan in- and out-of-network spending that went through APMs. Analysts examined data from 78 health plans, three fee-for-service Medicaid managed care states and fee-for-service Medicare.

Here are three key findings from the report.

1. Forty-three percent of systems' payments flowed through fee-for-service or legacy payment models in 2016. This is compared to 62 percent in the year prior.

2. Payments through pay-for-performance or care coordination fees reflected 28 percent of payments last year, up from 15 percent in 2015.

3. APM spending totaled about $354.5 billion nationally in 2016. 

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