By William Ringwood, Manager, GE Healthcare Camden Group
When assuming financial risk for healthcare delivery, a provider has many options to choose from and a broad range of internal and market-based factors to consider to be able to choose the right option for its specific circumstances.
An unprecedented shift of financial risk from payers to providers is occurring within the healthcare delivery system as a result of reform efforts. Healthcare providers have many important strategic decisions to make in preparation for this shift that will have a profound impact on their future success. Foremost among these decisions is choosing from the broad range of risk options available to providers, including quality incentive and penalty programs, Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) models with various degrees of risk and requirements, commercial shared savings, bundled payments, cobranding, and partial/full capitation or percentage of-premium models. It is clear that government and private payers, as well as employers and the general public, are pushing to improve overall healthcare value by increasing providers’ degree of risk.
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