Christopher Barbey is a research assistant in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School where he works on payment and delivery system reform. He holds a Master of Arts in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota and has previously written on the subjects of disability and reproductive ethics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in Iowa.
Recent Posts by Christopher Barbey
The current market status can be traced back to a series of regulatory and implementation failures that served to undermine the market. A set of regulatory and legislative changes, alongside the assurance of operational and regulatory certainty for issuers, could put it back on track.
In an era when we might have expected rapid primary care physician growth, the share of the physician workforce devoted to primary care actually decreased from 44 percent to 37 percent, and the number of primary care physicians per capita has remained roughly flat.
The bottom line is that we should not pay attention to any analysis that uses the benchmarks as the basis for assessing the effects of accountable care organizations on Medicare spending.