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Rewarding ‘metric-centric’ practices in value-based contracting

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In  a Physicians Practice piece on practices involved in value-based initiatives, Scott Hewitt, vice president for value-based care contracting for UnitedHealthcare, says that most of the small- to medium-sized practices that his company  engages with in value-based care contracts are in what he calls its “metric-specific programs” that reward practices when they can show that they’re proactively managing the health of their patients.

Among his suggestions to practices:

• “Engage with payers to ensure that you have mutually aligned goals. ‘You can better care for members when you know how [you] can work together to achieve that,” Mr. Hewitt told the publication.

• “Get as much patient data as possible from payers.”

• “Implement processes within the practice to provide the highest level of care.”

• “Determine with payers where there may be inefficiencies in the delivery of care. ‘Everyone thinks they’re providing the most efficient care. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.”‘

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