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A Playbook of Voluntary Best Practices for VBC Payment Arrangements


Creating a Sustainable Future for Value-Based Care

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Published on Apr 10, 2024

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America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) have undertaken a significant collaboration to engage their members in helping identify and refine voluntary best practices to advance a sustainable future for value-based care (VBC). This initiative, known as the Future of Value, is committed to enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs by sharing voluntary best practices validated in realworld experience.

Previously, this collaboration produced an in-depth playbook to advance data sharing to support VBC. Now, the collaboration is focused on voluntary best practices related to the underlying payment arrangements. VBC payment arrangements seek to align payment with performance on quality, cost, and patient experience. The economic incentives are intended to motivate changes in care delivery to further goals such as evidence based, preventive, equitable, and coordinated whole person care.

While this playbook recognizes there is no single recommendation for the best VBC payment arrangement, it identifies several voluntary best practices sourced from the direct experience of physicians, VBC entities, and health plans focused on alleviating pain points where possible to deliver better health and smarter spending for patients and communities.