This update features policy developments, media reports, and events supporting continued momentum for multiple V-BID Center initiatives.
Medicare: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Expands MA V-BID Model Test to All 50 States
The Bipartisan Budget Act, passed in February 2018, includes a provision that expands the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Medicare Advantage V-BID Model Test to include all 50 states.
HDHP: Chronic Disease Management Act Introduced in Congress
In February 2018, the bipartisan “Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018” (S.2410 and H.R. 4978) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bill would allow health savings account-eligible high-deductible health plans to cover chronic disease prevention and treatment on a pre-deductible basis.
TRICARE: V-BID Principles Included in 2018 NDAA
In December 2017, President Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which further incorporates V-BID principles, including cost-sharing modifications for the TRICARE Pharmacy Benefits Program consistent with the V-BID Center’s Precision Benefit Design concept.
A “Top Five” list of low-value services that purchasers and providers should target for reduction was featured in a Health Affairs Blog post. Read the Health Affairs article on the $billions spent on commonly used low cost, low-value services identified from the Virginia All-Payer Claims Database.
New V-BID Center Resources
A new whiteboard video, Precision Co-Pay Assistance Programs, details the inefficiencies associated with patient assistance programs, and offers a clinically-nuanced solution designed to ensure access to clinically-indicated therapies.
The V-BID Center Advocacy Group was launched in December 2017 as an opportunity for healthcare stakeholders to advocate for value-based, rather than volume-based, health care delivery systems. Join here!
2017 V-BID Interactive Timeline
A new timeline presents the highlights from an eventful year in health policy.
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