Family Physicians Welcome CPC+ Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, April 11, 2016

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD, MBA
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the CMS announcement of the CPC+ initiative. The American public has been calling for a health care system that provides comprehensive, efficient and virtually seamless health care. The CPC+, like the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative that preceded it, is a major step toward meeting those expectations. This program further advances first contact, comprehensive, coordinated, continuous primary care as foundational to our health care system – a goal strongly supported by the AAFP.

“Comprehensive medical services that provide preventive care, diagnosis and treatment of an acute illness or management of a complex chronic condition require large investments. Physicians who are redesigning their practices must purchase or upgrade electronic health records, reconfigure or add medical office staff, and commit additional time for communication with subspecialists, pharmacists, hospitals, home care agencies and therapists. They also require new payment models for primary care physicians that support and facilitate these services and functions. These services and the supporting payment models are vital to ensuring that patients get the right care from the right health professional at the right time.

“Using two participation tracks and blending payment to include a monthly risk-adjusted care management fee in addition to the fee-for-service payments, the CPC+ initiative compensates physician offices for the additional non-face-to-face services provided as part of comprehensive care. Track 1 continues the CPC Initiative for physician offices that have not yet completed transformation of their practices. Track 2 enables physician offices that have begun transformation and currently provide comprehensive primary care to increase the comprehensiveness of that care, particularly to patients who have the most complex needs.

“The AAFP has called for a transition away from episodic fee-for-service payments towards a blended payment model that supports direct patient care as well as the coordination and care management that is so important for high-performing primary care.  By combining blended payment with bringing all public and private payers to the table, CPC+ is yet another important step toward transforming the way patients get care, the quality and efficiency of that care, and the overall improvement of health in the community.

“The AAFP looks forward to working with CMS as it implements this important initiative.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Filer, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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