Burdened by low reimbursements and a high uninsured population, Birmingham’s providers will continue strengthening collective bargaining networks and enhancing services to attract higher-paying, commercially insured patients. The addition of two new proton therapy centers by 2020 will help position Birmingham as a leading destination in the Southeast for specialty care. Meanwhile, incentives from The Alabama Medicaid Agency to improve care and outcomes for Medicaid recipients could better position the market for commercial payment reform. An emphasis on generic drug utilization is likely to drive cost-savings.

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