Encouraging providers and payers to collaborate is top of mind for me these days. As a practicing physician and a vocal advocate of improving care through population health management (PHM), I’m acutely aware of the benefits collaborating with payers can bring--and has already brought--to my patients, my practice and those of many of my peers.

Fortunately, we are seeing increasing levels of payer-provider collaboration in the healthcare industry. These two historically antagonistic groups have started to reach across the negotiation table to figure out how to work together to improve clinical, financial and patient experience outcomes. This unprecedented cooperation represents significant progress, but we still have a ways to go. In a climate where the costs of healthcare are skyrocketing and providing high-value healthcare has become an imperative, both payers and providers have important roles to play. Healthcare transformation won’t occur unless both groups step up to play those roles.

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