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Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: Coming soon to a market near you?

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has identified the markets where it will test its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI), according to information(www.innovations.cms.gov) posted yesterday on the CMMI website. CPCI, which was announced last fall, will test a payment model that offers physicians a monthly care management fee for each Medicare fee-for-service patient in their care as well as a share of any savings that the initiative generates. The following markets were chosen based on applications from payers:

  • Arkansas,
  • Colorado,
  • New Jersey,
  • New York (Capital District/Hudson Valley Region),
  • Ohio (Cincinnati/Dayton region),
  • Oklahoma (Greater Tulsa region),
  • Oregon.

Approximately 75 practices in each market will be chosen to participate. CMMI will solicit applications from practices as soon as final agreements are signed with the participating payers, which include private health plans, state Medicaid agencies, and employers, as well as Medicare.

CPCI is a four-year initiative with a planned launch date this summer.  If it is shown to improve quality of care and lower costs, CMMI has the authority to roll out the initiative nationwide. Read more about the initiative in Family Practice Management.

Posted at 10:49AM Apr 12, 2012 by Leigh Ann Backer

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