Massachusetts Medical Society: Transitioning to Alternative Payment Models

Transitioning to Alternative Payment Models

Transitioning to Alternative Payment Models

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that CMS will tie 90% of all Medicare fee-for-services payment to quality by 2018 has healthcare leaders contemplating various alternative payment models that maximize payment, while delivering better care for lower costs. This transition will inevitably affect the physician practices culture, finances, and operations. Therefore, having a solid understanding of the new and various considerations for  transitioning from volume to value is more important than ever. In this archived webinar, you will learn from an industry expert the various considerations and opportunities that will assist with transitioning your practice to an alternative payment contract.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the logic for transitioning to an alternative payment model
  • Distinguish what data can be useful to support evidence-based decision-making
  • Prepare a strategy to transition your practice from volume to value payment models


Dr. James Colbert is Senior Medical Director for Population Health at Verisk Health. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and he practices general internal medicine as a hospitalist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition, he is the Web Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Colbert is a national expert on accountable care, population health, and value-based payment. He is the primary author of the 2014 Brookings Institution report, "Adopting Accountable Care: An Implementation Guide for Physician Practices." Dr. Colbert has been a featured speaker at multiple conferences including the National ACO Summit, the HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting, and the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. His scholarly work has been published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Accountable Care.

Dr. Colbert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Verisk Health, Dr. Colbert served as an editorial fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine and as a workgroup leader and clinical expert for the Brookings Institution's ACO Learning Network.

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00
Non-MMS Member: $30.00
Allied Health Professionals: $12.00


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRACategory 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Released Date: January 3, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: January 3, 2020

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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