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VBR & I/DD—The Wave Begins

By Monica E. Oss

Last week, I wrote about the very apt comparison of surfers and executives in health and human services painted by Gus Giraldo, the President of Commercial Markets at Magellan Healthcare, in his keynote address, A Commercial Health Plan’s Perspective”: Magellan’s Philosophy & Approach To Value Based Payment Arrangements, at The 2018 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute (see Catching The Wave). He talked about getting ready to ride the “big wave” and the importance of positioning and timing in preparing for the shift to value-based reimbursement. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been thinking about a different comparison—how waves begin—as I’ve been reading about the initial value-based contracting initiatives between payers and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) provider organizations. We’ve reported on these developments as they have...


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