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Health equity is the missing value in value-based payments Print E-mail
Written by Christopher J. Frank, MD, PhD | KevinMD   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

The way doctors and hospitals are paid is undergoing a quick and quiet revolution in an attempt to control costs and improve health outcomes. Federal payers are driving this change from fee-for-service payments to reimbursements based on quality outcomes and measurements of clinical processes. This focus on clinical outcomes does not account for the deep inequities that drive poor health outcomes in the United States. Without measuring and paying for improvements in health equity, attempts to achieve a high-value and lower-cost health care system through changes to our payment system may fail.

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