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Medicare primary care initiative yields mixed results
Modern Healthcare

The CMS Innovation Center says the 483 medical practices participating in its Comprehensive Primary Care initiative achieved $24 million in gross Medicare savings, but few saved more than what the government paid them to coordinate patients’ care.

The initiative was authorized by the Affordable Care Act and launched in October 2012 to improve primary care by paying clinicians bonuses of about $20 a month per patient for providing care management. The results released Wednesday reflect the work of 483 practices that cared for about 2.7 million patients, including 377,000 enrolled in Medicare.

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