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There is broad agreement that the way we pay for health care services must change. Paying doctors and hospitals for each visit, procedure or test drives up costs without improving quality. Patients and families are unable to find easy-to-understand information about quality and cost that can help guide their decisions about seeking and receiving care. This is particularly true for people who are uninsured since they generally receive more episodic, fragmented, costly and poorly coordinated care.

The U.S. health care system is experiencing a transformation in how we pay for care so payment aligns with the goals of promoting better quality and improving health. To leverage this trend, MeHAF provided multi-year grant support to ensure that new models of payment reform include a focus on how these changes will address the health care needs of those who are uninsured. We also worked with innovators from Maine’s private and public sectors to accelerate this transformation and ensure that the voices of patients and families are guiding new payment approaches.

Our focus on payment reform included the following:

  • Grants: Multi-year competitive grants to support cost containment, payment reform, and delivery system redesign.
  • Technical assistance and support for grantees:  National speakers, grantee meetings, and peer support and consultation.
  • Sharing what we’re learning:  MeHAF uses reports, case studies, news items, blogs, and video clips to share information. Use the key word search “payment reform” to find relevant items on our site.
  • Promoting policy development: MeHAF actively participates in payment reform activities led by partners including the as the Maine Health Management Coalition, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Quality Counts, and others.
  • Evaluating our work through reports, white papers, and publications.

For more information, contact President& CEO Barbara Leonard.

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