August 1st, 2016 | By: Virgil Dickson
The CMS will launch an ambitious primary-care quality improvement initiative in 14 regions, including 11 whole states. The states include Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The markets for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, or CPC+ initiative are the Greater Kansas City, MO., area; the North Hudson Valley in New York state; the Greater Philadelphia area; and a region that includes all of Ohio and northern Kentucky. Under CPC+, the CMS and other insurers would pay physicians a monthly fee for patient primary-care visits. The new model aims to improve health outcomes and lower cost not only for Medicare beneficiaries, but also consumers enrolled in commercial plans and other coverage options, such as insurer-managed Medicaid plans. Read the article here.