About This Collection
The current method of paying for health care is broken. Historically, the health care payment system has been designed to reward the volume of services rather than the value of services that are provided to patients. Additionally, in traditional fee-for-service arrangements, doctors often lose money when they spend time doing things that might matter to a patient’s health but that they cannot bill for.
RWJF supports research and implementation of promising models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), that are designed to disrupt the traditional fee-for-service system by holding providers accountable for the costs and quality of care for whole populations of people, and by providing clinicians with more financial flexibility when it comes to how they treat patients. This collection contains research and perspectives that compare how different models of payment reform are being used and how effective they are at increasing quality and managing costs.