Medicare Payment Reform: Lessons Learned and Considerations for the Future

Medicare payment reform aims to increase quality health care for Medicare beneficiaries and improve the program’s financial sustainability. This briefing provided background on Medicare payment reform, including new value-based models that have evolved over the past decade. Panelists provided a landscape overview of the most promising federal value-based payment models and the evidence for the models’ effectiveness at achieving equity, quality, value, and cost-savings. Attendees learned about the successes and challenges of system-wide population-based payment models and advanced alternative payment models. Speakers also discussed evidence-informed policy options for accelerating progress on payment reform over the next decade.


  • Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D., Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Director, Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab, Harvard Medical School
  • Hoangmai (Mai) Pham, M.D., MPH, President, Institute for Exceptional Care
  • Jennifer Podulka, MPAff, Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)

This event is made possible with support from Arnold Ventures.