With accumulators, the value of any copay assistance cards or coupons does not count toward out-of-pocket medicine costs that are applied toward deductibles. It’s a cost-shifting tool that’s facing pushback from patients, providers, and others saying that accumulators will hurt public health.
The pay-for-value movement could justify rewarding—and punishing—doctors based on quality scores. Problem: Hardly anyone likes the current ways quality is measured, especially physicians. Few believe that Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will clear things up. In fact, it might cause more confusion.
Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) use a patient’s response to questions to measure health status. If they’re going to catch on payers will need to incentivize use. So far, that’s not happening. But clinicians who use PROMs for clinical decision making might be providing a valuable service.
And that means full scope of practice as primary care providers. Medical societies hate the idea and think that nurse practitioners need to be tethered securely to a physician office in order to ensure top-notch care. Nurse practitioners counter that they can help shore up primary care.