Times Argus | October 26, 2016

New all-payer health model under scrutiny

Several risks and concerns have been raised at recent meetings and hearings about the health care payment reform plan sought by Gov. Peter Shumlin, according to the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office.

Shumlin, who will leave office in early January, is seeking to transform the state’s health care payment system from the current fee-for-service, in which providers are paid for each service or procedure they perform, to one in which providers are paid based on their patients’ health outcomes. ...

[Shumlin's chief of health care reform Lawrence] Miller said a number of groups and stakeholders have provided letters of support for the all-payer model, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the Vermont Medical Society, Vermont Legal Aid, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and many Vermont hospitals, among others.