MGMA added two new questions this year on innovative payment models.
"These things really are gaining more traction and increased focus in the industry as a whole so we wanted to see what our members' perceptions are of working with payers on these types of models and whether or not they're beneficial to practices," says Brennan.
This part of the survey is where every payer scored badly. On the question that asked about the willingness of a payer to engage in a new model such as ACO, medical home or payment bundling, MGMA members scored each one as being somewhere between completely and moderately unfavorable.
Brennan says members are in no rush to join the new reimbursement models still largely in the development stage, but the survey can help payers know what physician practices are thinking. "For payers... some of the feedback that will be helpful to them is to understand that practices have to view any type of innovative payment model as being favorable for the practice."
"This is a perception survey, so we may get payers who say, 'What we are providing absolutely is 100% beneficial,' and that may be the case but what they need to understand is that if it is not perceived as being beneficial for the practice that's going to be a hindrance for the payers and for practices moving forward with these types of new models."