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When evaluating value-based care, consider whether costs are falling and quality is improving

During the Health Journalism 2018 conference in Phoenix, one presenter was unequivocal about the significance of value-based care in lowering costs and improving quality.

Sam Ho, M.D. and chief medical officer at UnitedHealthcare, said executives at the company were “maniacal” about the value-based care model for delivering and reimbursing care. Ho recounted the company’s history supporting this approach, which dates to 2001 in its California and Texas markets.

Other observers, however, aren’t so sure that value-based care is where the market is headed — or whether it’s even producing a significant shift in health care delivery.

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