Ohio to reward primary care providers for holding down costs


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it’s moving ahead with plans to reward medical practitioners who do more to keep patients healthy while holding down costs.

Ohio is launching a program next year that it says will allow the state’s four largest private health insurers, along with Medicaid and Medicare, to change how they pay to financially reward primary care providers for the value of their work rather than the volume of services.

To join the program, practices must submit an application and meet enrollment requirements.

This week’s announcement comes after federal officials said Medicare will provide enhanced payments to certain primary care practices in Ohio through a similar program that begins in January.

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) administration says its initiative will better serve people in public and private care.

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