Alternative payment models have been en vogue in American healthcare for some time now. Payers and providers are increasingly being asked to take on greater financial risk instead of shared savings alone.
The latest data out this week shows that 34% of total U.S. healthcare payments were tied to APMs in 2017, up 12% from two years ago as value-based care marches onward.
But the road to new payment models is rife with many hurdles, experts say.
Though many groups feel ready to join the movement, some aren’t comfortable taking on more financial downside. Evolent Health CEO Frank Williams reiterated earlier this year that switching to alternative payment models can be tricky due to risk alone.