In December 2014, Ohio was awarded a federal State Innovation Model (SIM) test grant to implement an episode-based payment model statewide. An episode payment is a single price for all of the services needed by a patient for an entire episode of care. The goal is to reduce the incentive to overuse unnecessary services within each episode, and give health care providers the flexibility to decide what services should be delivered, rather than being constrained by fee codes and amounts.
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