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1,300 FPs Chosen to Participate in Multipayer Demonstration Project
AAFP President Praises Family Physicians for Stepping Up
By Sheri Porter
AAFP President Glen Stream, M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., praised his family physician colleagues for their participation. "I’m so proud of our members," said Stream in an interview with AAFP News Now. "Since the initiative was announced in September (2011), I have encouraged family physicians to step up and apply. It's critical that this initiative achieve early success, so it can be rolled out to broader areas of the country."
The Academy views the CPC initiative as a game changer for family medicine because it aligns payment with medical home transformation and involves both public and private payers, said Stream.
"The family physicians selected for this program really are leaders in an initiative that is critical for our specialty, our patients and our health care system," he added.
The number of CPC initiative family physician participants by region includes an estimated
- 172 in Arkansas (statewide),
- 222 in Colorado (statewide),
- 163 in New Jersey (statewide),
- 129 in New York (Capital District-Hudson Valley region),
- 166 in Ohio (Cincinnati-Dayton and northern Kentucky regions);
- 181 in Oklahoma (Greater Tulsa region), and
- 288 in Oregon (statewide).
According to a CMS press release, the project's overall goal is to improve patient access to high quality health care at a lower cost.
"Primary care practices play a vital role in our health care system, and we are looking at ways to better support them in their efforts to coordinate care for their patients," said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in the press release.
The four-year initiative will be administered by CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
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