New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute to Spearhead Catalyst for Payment Reform’s New Jersey Scorecard

Our mission at the Quality Institute is to make sure we only pay for health care that is truly valuable to patients, and we think payment reform can drive quality and reduce costs.

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), a non-profit corporation working to improve the quality of health care while also reducing costs, has selected New Jersey as one of three states where the progress of payment reform will be measured.

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute will serve as CPR’s lead New Jersey partner to help facilitate CPR’s Scorecard on Payment Reform. The Scorecard will measure how much and what type of payment reform is happening in New Jersey.

“We are pleased to work with CPR so all of us in New Jersey can learn what progress we’ve made in implementing payment reform,” said Linda Schwimmer, President & CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. “Our mission at the Quality Institute is to make sure we only pay for health care that is truly valuable to patients, and we think payment reform can drive quality and reduce costs.”

CPR also selected Virginia for the pilot program and a third state will be announced shortly.

Schwimmer said the Scorecard will be helpful for several Quality Institute initiatives, including the Maternity Episodes of Care workgroup, a sub group of the Medicaid 2.0 initiative, which is designing a global episode payment for maternity care in Medicaid. The Scorecard will also provide valuable information for the Quality Institute’s QI Collaborative, which is working on New Jersey’s Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to help providers prepare for their participation in alternative payment models.

CPR is an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace.

The organization has measured the implementation of payment reform since 2013 at both state and national levels. The new Scorecard creates a new era of tracking progress by assessing not only how much and what types of payment reforms health insurance plans have been implemented, but whether these payment reforms are having their intended impact on the quality and…

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