There has been a marked increase in how many health plans are having active conversations about outcomes-based contracting within their organization, Avalere’s recent survey found.
According to a Healthcare Dive report, more than one-third of the 50 respondents — composed of health plans and pharmacy benefit managers — say they’ve discussed the payment strategy “a great deal,” a sizable increase from last year’s 25 percent.
“Outcomes-based contracts are becoming more of a mainstream topic within health plans,” Avalere President Matt Brow said in a statement. “While most remain in an exploratory stage, plans that have accrued some experience with outcomes-based contracts are interested in pursuing more.”
Avalere’s study found the three most common areas where outcomes-based contracts are implemented are cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and cancers.
An outcomes-based agreement between UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic, according to Healthcare Dive’s report, has ultimately led to fewer preventable hospital admissions from diabetic patients.
To read the full report on Healthcare Dive, click here.