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By Les Masterson/Healthcare Dive

A major driver of these partnerships is the move away from fee-for-service payments and toward valued-based payments and population health management.

Payers and providers have for decades stayed in their silos, leading to a more fractured and adversarial healthcare system. That relationship, however, is starting to soften for many in the industry. Payer-provider partnerships put the two groups on the same team in hopes of reducing costs and improving care and outcomes through sharing data and better communication.

The payer-provider partnerships popping up across healthcare vary in type, size, location and model.

A major driver of these partnerships is the move away from fee-for-service payments and toward valued-based payments and population health management.

“We’ve been tracking these partnerships for many years now and of the approximately 200 that have launched in the last five years, 92% are emphasizing value-based compensation in some shape,” Thomas Robinson, partner at Oliver Wyman, told Healthcare Dive.

The payer-provider partnerships popping up across healthcare vary in type, size, location and model. There are 50/50 joint ventures with co-branding, and less intensive partnerships like accountable care organizations (ACO), patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), pay for performance and bundled payments. Oliver Wyman found the partnerships can be broken down depending on providers’ appetite for risk…

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