Value-based payment: Preparing for changes in payment for services

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With health care’s escalating cost, suboptimal quality, and excessive waste hindering improvements in our populations’ health, it is well understood that the U.S. health care system needs to change.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. List three reasons the U.S. health care system is moving from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model.
  2. Define what is meant by value when used in health care.
  3. Identify and describe current value-based payment models.
  4. Describe the challenges with each of the current value-based payment models.
  5. Describe strategies for practice change that will enable pharmacists to prepare for value-based payment.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-236-H04-P.

To obtain credit for Value-based payment: Preparing for changes in payment for services, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: September 1, 2019
Expiration date: September 1, 2022 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


Value-based payment: Preparing for changes in payment for services is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board

Mary Ann Kliethermes, BS, PharmD, Adjunct professor, Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL


Mary Ann Kliethermes, BS, PharmD and APhA’s Government Affairs and editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.