CHA News Article

CMS Launches Largest-Ever Multi-Payer Initiative to Improve Quality and Cost
Designed to give doctors and patients more control over health care delivery

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve both the delivery of and payment for primary care services in the U.S. Known as the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, the initiative will be implemented in 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices encompassing more than 20,000 doctors and clinicians and 25 million patients. Building on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative launched in late 2012, the five-year CPC+ model will benefit patients by helping primary care practices:

  • Support patients with serious or chronic diseases to achieve their health goals
  • Give patients 24-hour access to care and health information
  • Deliver preventive care
  • Engage patients and their families in their own care
  • Work together with hospitals and other clinicians, including specialists, to provide better coordinated care

CMS will accept payer proposals to partner in CPC+ from April 15 through June 1. CMS will accept practice applications in the determined regions from July 15 through Sept. 1. More information, including a CPC+ fact sheet, is available on the CMS website