A system that encourages shared savings and shared risk between health plans and providers could address many of the Affordable Care Act's problems. Health plans are likely to move away from fee-for-service payments to a managed care approach, one analyst says.
UnitedHealthcare was an early proponent of value-based care and is well positioned now that value is increasingly seen as a healthcare solution. Providers will have to demonstrate that they provide better care at a lower cost.
Even if required benefits are trimmed in the next version of the American Health Care Act, the employer market is not likely to react soon. Employers do need to brace for more price sensitivity, however.