My goal is to work with our business partners to promote an awareness and understanding of the CMS value-based purchasing programs, which emphasize improving quality and reducing overall cost of care. Many commercial payers are also moving away from a sole reliance on episodic care reimbursement and toward reimbursement that is more focused on the achievement of quality and cost outcomes.
This shift in reimbursement methodology can create new opportunities for our business partners and it is important for our partners to understand the structure of these programs along with the benefits of participation. The best aspect of these programs is the focus on improving the patient experience and outcomes, regardless of the care setting.
Jody Morris, MBA, serves as vice president of payer relations and programs for AXIA. His primary focus is twofold: 1) to partner with management services organizations to promote the understanding of and participation in CMS value-based purchasing opportunities, and 2) to explore opportunities for business partners to participate in pay-for-performance and other quality and performance-driven programs offered by commercial insurance plans.
Jody has more than 21 years of combined experience in the areas of hospital operations management, physician practice operations management and managed care operations.
Prior to joining AXIA, Jody served as the vice president and chief operating officer of the Novant Health greater Winston-Salem market, where he oversaw operational accountability for Novant Health Franklin Medical Center and the system’s greater Winston-Salem market physician practices. His experience before that included strategic growth and operational leadership for several physician practices as Novant Health expanded its greater Winston-Salem market presence, and roles as the vice president of the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness’s management services organization and director of managed care for the Novant Health Physician Division.
Jody has a Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University and Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.