On September 28, 2011, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation announced a request for applications for the Comprehensive Primacy Care initiative, a program focusing on improving collaboration between public and private health payers in the primary care arena. The initiative will test two models: 1) a service delivery model that promotes care coordination and 2) a payment model that would pay selected primary care practices monthly care management fees for their Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries; providers may then share in any Medicare savings generated by the model while still receiving compensation from private insurers. CMS anticipates that five to seven models will be tested across the country. The Innovation Center is accepting letters of intent from public and private payers through November 15, 2011. All final application must be received before January 17, 2012.
03 Oct '11