Tannenbaum, S. (2017). Can payment reform be social reform? The lure and liabilities of the ‘triple aim.’ Journal of Health Policies, 24(1), 53-71.

Year: 2017


This article argues that payment reforms will not bring about a revolution in population health as they run the risk of pathologizing poverty. Linking patients to a threadbare safety net may achieve patient population health but also edge out other community residents with an equal claim on services but without a powerful provider organization pushing them to the head of the line. The political strength of the Triple Aim approach is that it signals improvements in population health without requiring social change.

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