How Value-Based Care Benefits You

Consumers are demanding more from America’s health care system, and rightfully so.

Historically, the system has been organized around treating the sick and compensating physicians based solely on the number of services and procedures ordered — an arrangement frequently called fee-for-service.

Value-based care is shifting the health care system to a model that emphasizes the importance of keeping people healthy and rewards physicians for coordinating care, for providing the appropriate care for each patient’s situation and for actual health outcomes. Care providers’ compensation is now based in part on keeping a population healthy, not just on how many tests or services are ordered.

Traditional Health Care vs. Value-Based Care

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Tradition and Value Based Care Comparison
  Traditional Value-Based Care

Consumer Experience

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Confused and frustrated, in a complicated health care system where consumers often have to manage their own care. Valued and engaged, consumers are at the center of the health care experience and are supported by a more coordinated care team.

Care Delivery

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Reactive care delivered in response to an injury or illness. Proactive care—both preventive and to treat chronic conditions— with an emphasis on keeping people healthy.

Care Coordination

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Care providers lack technology and incentives to coordinate patient care with other health professionals. Care providers are empowered by new technology, access to data and financial incentives to coordinate care across the entire health care system.

Data and Information

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Data remains trapped inside massive repositories and sites. Lack of sophisticated data analytics used across populations. Data is analyzed across a care provider’s organization to identify specific health risks, improve care coordination and enhance the organization’s operations.

Costs

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Costs climb without corresponding improvements in health. Many accept this as “just the way it is.” Value is the new standard for insurance companies and care providers, and pay is based on quality and patient health improvements. 

How is UnitedHealthcare advancing value-based care?

With 15+ million members already accessing care from physicians in value-based arrangements, UnitedHealthcare is placing growing numbers of people at the center of the health care experience.

We’re advancing value-based care by:

  • Creating health plan options tailored to each community’s unique needs. These plans offer better information and financial incentives to motivate consumers to choose high-performing, value-based care providers.
  • Collaborating with care providers, offering them technology, data and other assistance as well as financial rewards for delivering excellent patient results at lower costs.
  • Connecting consumers to tools and guidance — including our Health4Me and myHealthcare Cost Estimator apps — that help them find the right care and save money.