Monday, March 30, 2015

HHS Kicks Off Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Dianne De La Mare

On March 24, 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Sylvia M. Burwell, joined President Obama, as well as other state representatives, insurers, providers, business leaders, and consumers at the White House to kick off the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“Network”).

The Affordable Care Act established a new framework to move our health care system away from rewarding health providers for the quantity of care they provide and toward rewarding quality. To change these practices and improve the quality of care patients receive, the Affordable Care Act created a number of new payment models that pay health care providers for the quality of the care they give patients, instead of the quantity of care. In these alternative payment models, providers have a financial incentive to coordinate care for their patients and get the right care to the right patient the first time.

These new models have contributed to 50,000 fewer patient deaths in hospitals due to avoidable harms, such as infections or medication errors, and 150,000 fewer preventable hospital readmissions since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act became law. More than 2,800 payers, providers, employers, patients, states, consumer groups, consumers and other partners have registered to participate in the Network.

To obtain a copy of the HHS press release go to To obtain a fact sheet on the Network go to To view a list of all organizations that have set goals toward payment reform, visit:

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