An independent review of Medicare payments reveals that 42 percent of the health care dollars Medicare paid to providers in its fee-for-service (FFS) program in 2013 were designed to boost the value of care patients receive. Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), a nonprofit coalition of employers and other health care purchasers pushing for better value in health care, released the findings today in its Scorecard on Medicare Payment Reform, the first such analysis of the billions of dollars Medicare pays to healthcare providers. CPR’s Scorecard comes on the heels of an announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it has set ambitious goals for increasing the proportion of Medicare payments designed to improve the value of care patients receive. HHS goals include tying 50 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value by the end of 2018 through alternative payment models. CPR’s groundbreaking review of Medicare payments will provide a baseline against which to track value-oriented Medicare payments going forward. Of the $360 billion in Medicare FFS payments to providers in 2013, the Scorecard shows that 42 percent were value-oriented – tied to how well providers deliver care or creating incentives for both improving quality and reducing waste.