Emily Knighton, a senior in the UAB Health Care Management Program, recently won the FORUM essay contest and a trip to the ACHE Congress in Chicago. She is the first undergraduate to represent UAB at the American College of Healthcare Executives annual event.

“My favorite student seminar was Major General (Ret.) David A. Rubenstein, FACHE, who refused to tell us what to do – which was refreshing,” said Knighton. “He wanted us to understand and explore the ‘whys’ behind everything which is advice I will carry with me my entire career.”

Knighton said the ACHE Congress also included a strong mix of inspiration like the lecture from Grant Korgan, author of “Two Feet Back,” who has overcome a spinal cord injury to continue an active lifestyle and ultimately reach the South Pole.

Story written by Bob Shepard, UAB News

lemak fee for serviceFee-for-value — a physician reimbursement model that maintains the traditional fee-for-service arrangement but includes quality and spending incentives — can reduce spending and improve quality in primary care, according to findings reported in the April issue of Health Affairs.

A new study, led by Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., the chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Health Services Administration, suggests that it is possible to transform reimbursement within a fee-for-service framework to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide high-quality care, while also reducing costs.

“This payment strategy maintains the traditional fee-for-service arrangement but includes quality and spending incentives,” Lemak said. “Our findings contribute to the growing body of evidence about the potential effectiveness of models that align payment with cost and quality performance.”