Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Sean McCarthy


In the past, there have been several attempts to overhaul the healthcare system. Despite this, the healthcare system in the United States has been relatively the same for over a hundred years. Consumers are at the forefront of a major push for a better healthcare system that meets all of their needs without emptying their bank accounts, restricting access to services and providers, communicating in unclear and insufficient ways, and requiring consumers to jump through hoops of complex processes. This project analyzes value-based reimbursement by way of accountable care organizations and coordinated healthcare as a front-running alternative healthcare model currently being explored. Changing healthcare demands innovative, affordable adaptations to better serve consumers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation and programs like the MassHealth ACO pilot program are building a foundation for the future of the healthcare industry by branching away from the old system, and creating new and innovative methods of delivering high value, high quality healthcare