American’s family physicians increasingly are preparing for value-based reimbursement and many of them want it, hoping that insurers will respond with increased payments that will stabilize practices and enable them to expand their technologies and services, says Wanda Filer, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
AAFP members lead the way in adoption of electronic health records, she notes, with 87 percent of practices having an EHR according to a recent survey of 626 member physicians, sponsored by health insurer Humana. One-third of members are actively pursuing value-based opportunities with another 19 percent developing a value-based program. And 40 percent of member practices are a medical home. Still, there is strong skepticism about value-based reimbursement, with 69 percent of surveyed family physicians believing the program won’t improve patient care.
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