Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative Showing Increased Participation and Quality Along with Cost Containment

Article Date: 2/1/2016

The Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative Year 2 State Tracking Report 
shows improvements in quality and reductions in costs for both the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Epidosdes of Care models implemented throughout the state. 

Highlights of the include:

  • Increased multi-payer support, with all commercial carriers offering qualified health plans now participating in the PCMH program
  • Participation by a majority of the eligible providers in the state representing approximately 80% of eligible Medicaid beneficiaries and a large and increasing proportion of private insurance beneficiaries
  • Improved quality of care, including an increase in Hemoglobin A1C screenings for diabetics and adolescent wellness visits, while reducing costs by $34 million.
  • Demonstrated cost containment with PCMH practices experiencing a 1.2% reduction in costs compared to a .6% cost growth increase among non-participating practices
  • Improved quality of care and cost savings in Episodes of Care, including colonoscopy, congestive heart failure and perinatal.

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