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Glossary of Payment Reform Terms

The Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment Reform developed “The Payment Reform Glossary” to define and explain the terminology used to describe methods of paying for healthcare services. The glossary is designed to facilitate a better understanding of payment reform concepts and to create a foundation for a common language for developing and discussing payment reform concepts so they can be supported and implemented by all stakeholders — patients, providers, employers, health plans, and government agencies. The glossary breaks down the complex concepts of payment reform so patients, providers, purchasers, and policy-makers can understand the advantages and disadvantages of different payment models and the rationale for including various components of payment models.