CMS launches network to facilitate Medicare payment overhaul

CMS has established the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to help the healthcare industry shift from fee-for-service toward a more value-based system.

In January, HHS announced ambitious goals for the industry, stating it wants 50 percent of Medicare payments based on how well patients are cared for by 2018, which was the first time in the history of the Medicare program such explicit goals for alternative payment models had been set.

The Network was launched "to provide a forum for public-private partnerships to help the U.S. healthcare payment system (both private and public) meet or exceed" those recently established goals set by HHS, according to a news release.

Various interested parties, including healthcare providers, payers and consumer groups, will be able to connect through the Network and discuss how the transition will be achieved.

Those interested in participating in the Network can register here.

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