Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers

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Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers

Description

Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers is designed for health plans, State Medicaid agencies, and employers who are considering implementing a consumer financial incentives program. The guide is intended as a tool for exploring if and how consumer financial incentives might be tapped to improve community or market readiness for quality improvement. Incentives can be applied to a range of consumer decisions that purchasers may seek to influence in the pursuit of a high-value agenda such as:

  • Selecting a high-value provider
  • Selecting a high-value health plan
  • Deciding among treatment options
  • Reducing health risks by seeking preventive care
  • Reducing health risks by decreasing or eliminating high-risk behavior

This guide contains the following information:

  • 21 questions for purchasers to consider
  • An introduction to financial incentives
  • Incentives to select a high-value health plan, provider network, or provider
  • Incentives to select a high-value treatment option
  • Implementing consumer financial incentive programs
  • Acceptance of consumer incentive programs by consumers and providers
  • Special populations
  • Evaluating a consumer financial incentive program

Developer:

University of California, San Francisco - Academic Institution; University of Hawaii, Pacific Health Research Institute; Academy of Educational Development

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

History

Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: February 2008
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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