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Date(s) - Friday, November 13, 2015, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Health care consumers and patients


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) to help advance the work being done across sectors to increase the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN’s Alternative Payment Model Framework and Progress Tracking (APM FPT) Work Group recently released a draft APM Framework White Paper that defines payment model categories and will be used to benchmark efforts to advance meaningful payment reform across the U.S. health care system.

The APM FPT Work Group is very interested in receiving comments on the draft paper to ensure that the needs and interests of consumers and patients are incorporated. Feedback will be used to help refine the final product, which is targeted for release later this year.

During this virtual listening session, Anne Gauthier will provide a brief update on the LAN and its activities to date and Jim Guest, an APM FPT Work Group member and formerly of Consumer Reports, will present a short overview of the draft APM Framework White Paper and will solicit listeners’  comments on the draft.


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Anne Gauthier
  • Overview of the LAN – Mark Smith
  • APM Framework Overview – Jim Guest
  • Questions from LAN Participants – Jim Guest
  • Closing Comments – Anne Gauthier

Event Recap

During the Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework Listening Session held on November 13, 2015, Alternative Payment Model Framework and Progress Tracking (APM FPT) Work Group member Jim Guest, formerly of Consumer Reports, discussed why the goal of the APM Framework, of ultimately shifting health care payments to population-based payments, is important to both consumers and patients. He also discussed whether the Draft APM White Paper adequately represents the interests and needs of health consumers and patients. Listeners provided suggestions that included tailoring the APM Framework for both the quality experience and health-care affordability of the patient, and taking into consideration unintended financial consequences that may occur in the process of patient care. The listeners also suggested that the value concept within the APM Framework should balance both quality and spending, with patient needs being at the center of this balance.


Jim Guest, JD, is a member of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Alternative Payment Models Framework and Progress Tracking Work Group. He retired after 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Reports but continues to advocate on Capitol Hill and in the media for the consumer’s right-to-know about, and be protected from, unsafe and misleading products and services.


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