CHA News Article

State Holds Online Meeting on Payment Reform

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) held its first multi-stakeholder workgroup meeting Jan. 31 on the state’s application for funding to test multi-payer payment and delivery models through a State Innovation Model (SIM) funding initiative. The SIM initiative is offered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and is intended to support states in driving large-scale reform that can transfer care into models that reward value and have potential to reduce costs and improve quality. CHHS is assuming receipt of an award under the CMMI SIM initiative, which could provide between $20 million and $60 million in federal support over a three-year period. CHA participated in this first meeting, which included a discussion of the attached “framing report” and slide presentation. The task of the multi-stakeholder workgroup is to recommend a comprehensive payment reform strategy that moves the state toward value-based care.