The Puzzle of Paying for Healthcare

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Vermont is attempting to change its healthcare payment model statewide.

Vermont is working towards a new goal of rewarding doctors and hospitals financially when patients are healthy.

Vermont wants to apply it’s new payment method to 70% of insured residents by 2022. This payment structure would allow physicians to make a larger profit by keeping patients healthy, instead of by doing more surgeries.

What’s the downside?

It could lead to doctors taking the fall for patients’ bad habits and repeated behaviors.

Some worry that this will create a group of middlemen that will administer payments without sufficient oversight.

Prior to this new initiative, Vermont was already taking different approaches to healthcare.

A hospital in Vermont funded the purchase and refurbishing of housing, for patients who no longer needed the hospital, but had no suitable place to return.

Some family medicine practices allow families to pick up boxes of vegetables from their office that are prescribed by the doctor.

What do you think about the initiatives and new payment structure in Vermont? Do you think your practice would benefit from payments for healthy patients?

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