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New ACA Payment Model Seeks to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell last week announced a new risk reduction model designed to assess patients’ risk for heart attack or stroke. The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction model will use a data-driven predictive modeling approach to generate personalized risk scores and modification plans for patients, ultimately helping health care providers to decrease cardiovascular disease risk among Medicare beneficiaries.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for the CVD Risk Reduction model, which will operate for five years and aims to serve more than 300,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Participating providers will be paid to decrease cardiovascular risk by working with patients to determine individual risk for heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years, identifying the best approach to reduce their risk and providing a customized risk modification plan to address their individual needs. For more information on the model and application process, visit the CMS Innovation Center website. For information about Million Hearts, visit