Care Model Comparison

Learn why value-based care is better for your clients.

Why And How We Do It


Somehow, one of the most personal aspects of life—healthcare—has become one of the most impersonal experiences there is. Not anymore. At CenterWell Senior Primary Care, we come to work every day driven by a desire to deliver care—grounded in dignity and respect—that seniors deserve. Every patient is an individual with unique needs and should be treated as such. We not only care for our patients. We care about them, too. How do we do it?


CenterWell operates under a value-based care model, compensating doctors for patients’ positive health outcomes. By comparison, under traditional (fee-for-service) healthcare models, physicians are compensated based on the number of patients they see and procedures they order. In short: we reward quality over quantity. By deeply engaging in our patients’ lives, we can anticipate their unique needs and personalize our care to fit them. Below are key differences between the fee-for-service and value-based care models.1

CenterWell Emphasizes Value-Based Care

Below are key differences between the fee-for-service and value-based care models.1

Fee For Service

Value-Based Care

Providers are compensated based on volume of patients and procedures
Providers are compensated based on positive patient health outcomes
Focuses on individual sickness episodes
Focuses on preventive care and long-term wellness
Can result in fragmented care
Centered on coordinated care
Care primarily provided by a single physician
Care provided by a physician and support team

For physicians, a value-based care model recognizes their commitment to their patients' health, and compensates them for delivering high-quality, complex care.

And for patients, value-based care often means a better experience, lower costs, and better overall health in every aspect—mind, body, and spirit.

1Rajkumar R, Conway PH, Tavenner M. CMS–engaging multiple payers in payment reform. JAMA. 2014 May 21;311(19):1967-8.


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