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Medicare value-based purchasing bonuses go to handful of eligible practices
Modern Healthcare

For the second year in a row, few provider practices benefited from the CMS‘ value-based payment modifier (VBM) program, according to agency data.

In all, 13,813 physician groups were eligible to compete for the pay bump, but only 128 group practices, comprising 4,300 physicians, will see their Medicare reimbursement increase by 16% or 32%, with the higher percentage going to practices with the most high-risk patients, according to agency data released March 7.

The payment initiative, outlined in the Affordable Care Act, is meant to encourage physicians and practice groups to provide high-quality and cost-effective care.