In a survey of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council in July 2018, sponsored by Optum, 42% of respondents say they think value-based reimbursement models will be the primary revenue model for U.S. health care. Indeed, this transition is already happening. Respondents report that a quarter of reimbursement at their organizations is based on value, on average. While three-quarters of their revenue remains fee-for-service, we see a remarkable change to a reimbursement system that was static for decades.

In particular, survey respondents’ organizations are pursuing two value-based strategies: accountable care organizations, which often use capitated payments; and bundled payments, which provide single payments for multiple services addressing a single condition…..more