AAFP Applauds Green Light for Alternative Payment Model

Tuesday, Dec.19, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased its proposal, the Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model, will receive a recommendation from the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee for limited testing. The recommendation will be sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for consideration and possible implementation.

“The APC-APM builds on the existing Comprehensive Primary Care and CPC+ initiatives, moves further away from fee-for-service, better supports small and independent practices, and reduces administrative burden in the health care system. It would establish a multi-payer model that would be open to nearly 200,000 primary care physicians and could affect the care of more than 30 million Medicare patients. The model provides an upfront, per-patient-per-month global primary care payment that covers direct evaluation and management services. It also includes an upfront population-based payment that covers services outside the exam room, such as care coordination. In addition, it would provide incentive payments that hold physicians accountable for quality and costs and a fee-for-service component for care that is not included in the global fee.

“To be truly successful in improving care and reducing costs, APMs must have a strong primary care foundation. The AAFP proposal is an opportunity for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make advanced APMs broadly accessible to Medicare beneficiaries—and to positively affect quality and spending in other parts of the health care system.

“We’re pleased the PTAC has opened the way to demonstrating the potential positive impact the APC-APM will have on patient outcomes and efficiency of care. This is the first step in a long process, and we look forward to working with the PTAC, HHS and CMS to implement this program.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 6252, or lchampli@aafp.org.


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