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1 Payment Reform in Massachusetts: Impacts and Opportunities for the Health Care Workforce Metro North Regional Employment Board Meeting Anna Gosline and Jessica Larochelle June 19, 2013 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION

2 Overview The health care payment system is shifting away from fee-for-service models to more aggregated, bundled and global payments These alternative payment models are spurring new models of care delivery, and creating new opportunities to pay for services that were previously not “reimbursable” These changes, along with other provisions of state and national reform laws, will impact the demand for health care professionals, both the number and the type

3 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Massachusetts Has the Lowest Uninsurance Rate in the Country PERCENT UNINSURED, 2000–2011, ALL AGES NOTE: As of 2008, the state contracted with a new vendor (Urban Institute) to track insurance coverage rates in Massachusetts. The Urban Institute implemented methodological changes to the tracking survey which may affect comparability of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 results to prior years. The national comparison presented here utilizes a different survey methodology, the Current Population Survey, which is known to undercount Medicaid enrollment in some states. SOURCES : Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Health Insurance Historical Tables (HIB Series). U.S. AVERAGE MASS. 2011

4 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION But the Highest Per Person Health Care Spending in the World PER CAPITA PERSONAL HEALTH CARE EXPENDITURES, 2009 NOTE: District of Columbia is not included. SOURCE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Expenditures by State of Residence, CMS, State NATIONAL AVERAGE

5 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Key Affordability/Cost-Related Developments in Massachusetts  Health reform passes (Ch. 58 ) –Begins path to near universal coverage  Much of Chapter 58 enacted, e.g.: –MassHealth expansion –Commonwealth Care –Consumer affordability schedule –New health plan options for young adults –Employer Fair Share  Cost Containment Part 1 (Ch. 305) passes –Increased transparency about cost drivers –Reports on health insurer and hospital “reserves”  Special Commission on Payment Reform –Recommends move to global payment  Government reports and hearings on cost drivers  Governor rejects small group premiums  Cost Containment Part 2 (Ch. 288) passes –Aims to control premiums for small businesses, individuals  Governor Patrick files payment reform legislation  Special Commission on Provider Price Reform  Cost Containment Part 3 (Ch. 224) passes –Statewide cost growth targets and payment reforms –Continued focus on data transparency ISELIN

6 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 The law aims to reduce health care cost growth through: The creation of new agencies (the Health Policy Commission and the Center for Health Information and Analysis ) — Setting and monitoring statewide health care cost growth targets — New scrutiny on health care market power, price variation and cost growth at the individual health care entity level Increased cost transparency for consumers A focus on wellness and prevention Expanding the primary care workforce Other provisions around health resource planning, HIT, medical malpractice reforms, and administrative simplification. Wide adoption of alternative payment methodologies — MassHealth must have 80% of enrollees in alternative payments by 2015 — All payers must, to the maximum extent feasible, move away from fee-for-service

7 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION PATIENT-CENTERED GLOBAL PAYMENT SYSTEM THE SOLUTION Global payments made to a group of providers for all care. Providers are not rewarded for delivering more care, but for delivering the right care to meet patient’s needs. PRIMARY CARE HOSPITAL SPECIALIST HOME HEALTH $ CURRENT FEE-FOR-SERVICE PAYMENT SYSTEM THE PROBLEM Care is fragmented instead of coordinated. Each provider is paid for doing work in isolation, and no one is responsible for coordinating care. Quality can suffer, costs rise and there is little accountability for either. SPECIALISTPRIMARY CARE HOME HEALTH HOSPITAL GOVERNMENT, PAYERS AND PROVIDERS WILL SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING INFRASTRUCTURE, LEGAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO PROVIDERS IN MAKING THIS TRANSITION. Solving the Cost Problem Through Provider Payment Reform $$$$ $

8 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION The New Ways to Pay and Practice  Global payment/budget – (eg. Accountable Care Organizations) –Usually accepted by a group of providers (sometimes a hospital and it’s physician practices, sometimes just a physician group) accepting responsibility for the total cost of care for a set population or patient group –Large variation in the exact details of the payment; providers may accept various levels of “risk” around meeting per person cost targets –Payments usually dependent on achieving quality metrics  Patient Centered Medical Homes –Accepted by a primary care practice with augmented abilities around managing care both within its own practice and coordinating with specialists and hospitals. –Focus on team-based, patient-centered care and population management –Payments are usually structured as additional per-person care management fees on top of standard fee- for-service payments  Value-Based Purchasing –A bit of a catch-all phrase, mostly associated today with Medicare penalties for high rates of readmissions at hospitals  Bundled and Episode-Based Payments –A single payment to cover all care for a procedure or condition usually over a defined period of time –Often accepted by jointly be a hospital and it’s physician group –Eg. Medicare Bundled Payment demonstration, just launched in 2013

9 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Alternative Payments Are Spreading Quickly in Massachusetts HMO MEMBERSHIP IN BCBSMA’S GLOBAL PAYMENT CONTRACT 328, , , ,048 75% of HMO membership

10 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Global Payments Are Showing Positive Results on Both Cost and Quality

11 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION But there Is No Overall Link Between Global Payments and Total Spending – Likely a Reflection of Price Disparities BCBSMA RELATIVE HEALTH STATUS-ADJUSTED TOTAL MEDICAL EXPENSE SOURCE: Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, “Examination of Health Care Cost Trends and Drivers,” June PROVIDERS OPERATING UNDER GLOBAL PAYMENTS

12 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION The Payment Reform Landscape is Spurring a New Wave of Market Consolidation, Potentially Increasing Prices Further Partners in talks with Hallmark Health BY STEVEN SYRESTEVEN SYRE GLOBE COLUMNIST APRIL 17, 2012 Lahey, Northeast Health finalize merger Boston Business Journal Date: Monday, May 7, 2012, 6:51am EDT Cooley Dickinson Trustees Choose Massachusetts General Hospital 02/28/ :07 AM Steward Continues Buying Spree; Globe Reports Deal for Lowell Hospita l April 4, 2011 | 12:37 PM | By Carey GoldbergCarey Goldberg

13 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION So What Does this All Mean for the Health Care Workforce? Demand for comprehensive, and community-focused primary care services Continued strong demand primary care physicians, NPs and PAs Opportunities for new kinds of lay health care professionals, eg. Community Health Workers Need for care management and case management New skills for primary care practitioners and beyond Emphasis on team-based care, collaboration and coordination Promoting team-based care skills as part of medical education for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals Capability with EHRs and population health data analysis Patient engagement Cultural competence Behavioral health integration Provisions of state and national health reform support many of these goals

14 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION ‡ Due to the relatively small number of physicians and total population size, caution should be taken when comparing rates in this County to rates in other Counties. Source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) update to the American Medical Association’s Master File – Physician Characteristics (2006). For more information, visit HRSA at 1 Kay Lazar. “Many Continue to Rely on ER: 14% Used Hospital Before Family Doctor,” The Boston Globe (November 2008) PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN DENSITY BY COUNTY PER 100,000 POPULATION, 2006 Primary Care Physicians: Landscape

15 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION PERCENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE PRACTICES ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND WAIT TIME TO NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT Source: Massachusetts Medical Society, 2012 Patient Access to Healthcare Study Primary Care Physicians: Landscape

16 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Primary Care Physicians and Recent Legislation: More and/or Different? Chapter 224 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Primary care residency grant programs and loan forgiveness programs Service obligations for federally supported student loans softened Primary care payment bump Medicare will increase primary care reimbursement rates by 10% from Medicaid reimbursement will be increased to at least Medicare levels from MassHealth alternative payment methodologies Massachusetts will likely not see the surge in primary care demand predicted nationwide in 2014, as the state already has a well-established universal access reform. But the fast pace of payment reform adoption and delivery system change will mean major changes, nonetheless.

17 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Nurse Practitioners (NPs): Landscape NURSE PRACTITIONER DENSITY PER 100,000 POPULATION, 2011 Source: Calculations based on The 2012 Pearson Report, The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, NP Communications LLC.

18 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Key Provisions in Chapter 224 Global signature authority – NPs can now fulfill laws or rules that used to require a signature, stamp, verification, etc. by a physician Limited service clinics – Expands to the scope to include all services within the scope and practice of NPs Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act Dedicated funds in the Prevention and Public Health Fund to train new NPs Family NP training demonstration will support new graduates for a year of practice in a federally qualified health center or nurse-managed health clinic Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Recent Legislation: More and/or Different?

19 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Physician Assistants (PAs): Landscape US Average

20 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Key Provisions in Chapter 224 Carriers must now recognize PAs as participating providers and cover care provided by PAs for health maintenance, diagnosis, and treatment PAs are now included in the definition of primary care provider; carriers that require designation of a primary care provider must allow members the option to choose a PA Physicians are no longer prohibited from supervising more than four PAs at a time The Health Care Workforce Center’s scope has been broadened to include PAs; information on the status of the PA workforce will be included in its annual report Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act Dedicated funds in the Prevention and Public Health Fund to train new PAs Physician Assistants (PAs) and Recent Legislation: More and/or Different?

21 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Community Health Workers: Definition Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health workers who apply their unique understanding of the experience, language and/or culture of the populations they serve in order to carry out one or more of the following roles: Providing culturally appropriate health education, information and outreach in community-based settings; Bridging/culturally mediating between individuals, communities and health and human services, including actively building individual and community capacity; Assuring that people access the services they need; Providing direct services, such as informal counseling, social support, care coordination and health screenings; and Advocating for individual and community needs.

22 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Community Health Workers and Recent Legislation: More and/or Different? Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Process: Legislation passed in 2010; went into effect in 2012 The Board will establish standards for: Education and training of community health workers and community health worker trainers Education and training program curricula for community health workers Requirements for community health worker certification and renewal of certification Other considerations Grandfathering? Reimbursement considerations?

23 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION New Skills – Team-Based Care and Care Coordination Patient-Centered Medical Homes Practice redesign with an emphasis on patient communication, after-hours access, care planning, management and coordination, community support and performance measurement New partnerships beyond the practice Coordinating care with hospitals, specialists and post-acute care providers Example: Researchers have found that those with a primary care visit within 14 days of an admission for CHF are much less likely to be readmitted Behavioral health integration Patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders, especially those with co-morbid chronic health conditions, are among the costliest patients in the system Designing innovative care management programs that address the particular needs of this population will be crucial Will require greater collaboration between providers with different specialties

24 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION New Skills – EHR and Population Data There are many forces aligning that will require more sophisticated use of data, electronic data use and sharing One of the core capacities of NCQA certification for Patient-Centered Medical Home accreditation is the use of data for population management Even more critical for practices accepting risk for the total cost of care for their patients Chapter 224 made EHR proficiency a condition of licensure for Massachusetts physicians HIE data exchange for care coordination

25 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION New Skills – Patient Activation and Engagement As providers accept risk for the total costs and quality of care, they will have to build new types of relationships with patients, e.g. “shared decision-making” ACA identifies patient engagement as a critical component of accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes. When patients are engaged in their health care – more knowledgeable, more confident in managing their health and navigating they system – they experience better health outcomes and incur lower health care costs. Challenges for providers: overworked physicians, insufficient provider training, and clinical information systems that fail to track patients throughout the decision-making process. Source: Health Affairs, Health Policy Briefs: Patient Engagement, February 14, 2103

26 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION Thank you! Questions/Comments Anna Gosline, Director of Policy and Research Jessica Larochelle, Director of Evaluation & Strategic Initiatives


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