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Vermont board chairman says health payment changes top goal

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont lawmakers are expected to focusing on responding to Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan for financing a universal health care system during the upcoming legislative session.

But the chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, which is responsible for designing that new health system, says his top goal for 2015 is to change how health care providers get paid.

Al Gobeille ('go-BAY') tells Vermont Public Radio the most important job facing his board is to design a payment system to replace the current fee-for-service model, under which the more health care procedures get done, the more providers get paid.

Gobeille says the board is working on a new system that bundles payments for health care providers and allows these providers to be reimbursed to keep their patients healthy.

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