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Medicare Seeks Savings And Innovation With A Switch In Doctors’ Pay
National Public Radio

The Obama administration is recruiting as many as 20,000 primary care doctors for an initiative it hopes will change the way physicians get paid and provide care.

The program, which was announced Monday, will be run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The aim is to stop paying doctors based on the number of billable services and visits provided to Medicare beneficiaries and instead to tie payments to overall patient health and outcomes.

“We think there will be a high level of interest across states and regions among primary care providers,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, the chief medical officer at CMS. “The model aligns with how doctors and patients want to practice medicine.”