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3 Types of Value-Based Care Models

Value-based care has emerged as an alternative for fee-for-service reimbursement based on quality rather than quantity. Value-based care comes in a variety of types, generally differing as to the risks assumed by providers and sharing of savings or losses.

Here are three types of value-based care models:

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a network of physicians, hospitals, and other providers that give coordinated, high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries. Providers volunteer to participate in an ACO. Under the payment model, the network of providers shares the savings if the ACO is able to deliver high-quality care and reduce healthcare costs.

Bundled Payments

A Bundled payment is a single payment for services provided for an entire process of care. Providers are collectively reimbursed for the expected costs of treatment that may include multiple physicians, care settings, and procedures.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a care delivery model that focuses on coordinating patient care through a primary care physician. The PCMH is designed to provide patients with a centralized care setting that manages the different needs of a patient. Patients in a PCMH can except to develop personal, one-on-one relationships with their care providers, who determine healthcare needs based on medical and environmental factors.