The Importance Of Primary Care—And Of Measuring It

When it comes to US health care, the adage of “you get what you pay for” does not apply. The US spends more on health care than any other country, but we have lower-quality care and worse outcomes than many nations that spend considerably less.

This disconnect stems from how we spend our money. Research confirms that advanced primary care, such as patient-centered medical homes and other accountable care models, help fulfill the “quadruple aim”: high-quality care, better health, lower costs, and improved experience for clinicians and staff in the delivery of care.

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Hoangmai Pham

Commentary: Advances in healthcare save lives, but not if no one hears about them

Disseminating health research is an art 

Advances in healthcare save lives – but not if no one hears about them.

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Darilyn Moyer
Bev Johnson

Spending more on primary care translates to better patient outcomes, report says

States that spend more on primary care have better patient outcomes, including fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits, a new study concluded.

However, spending on primary care remains low throughout the country, according to an analysis by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), which undertook a state-by-state look at spending.

The collaborative released its report Wednesday that included the first-ever state-level analysis of primary care spending and also looked at commercial and public payers.

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Joanne Finnegan

Spending on primary care paltry, but some states ramping up

  • Increasing spending on primary care lowers emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative's 2019 Evidence Report.
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Rebecca Pifer

Geographic Population-Based Payment (PBP) Model Option Request for Information (RFI)

May 30, 2019

Submitted via DPC@cms.hhs.gov Mr. Adam Boehler

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244

Re: Geographic Population-Based Payment (PBP) Model Option Request for Information (RFI)

Dear Deputy Administrator Boehler:

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the RFI on Direct Contracting – Geographic PBP Model Option. We applaud your commitment to pursuing payment and delivery system reform through innovative demonstration programs.

Scale: blessing or burden for statewide ACOs?

A handful of accountable care organizations are moving to cover an entire state, but not everyone thinks bigger is better when it comes to population health management.

Caravan Health, a company that works with ACOs, last week announced the launch of its second statewide program, this time in Florida. In the model, any of the 200-some Florida Hospital Association facilities that want to participate can join together to provide coordinated care.

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Rebecca Pifer

MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting

Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians

MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting 

Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians (Ariel Winter, MPP) 

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Alyssa Neumann Kane

Azar says new mandatory oncology pay model is coming

(Story updated at 3:57 p.m. ET)The CMS plans to unveil a mandatory Medicare payment model for cancer patients, and two new voluntary models for cardiac care in the coming weeks, said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. That means the Trump administration is reversing course from its prior stance that payment models, which put providers at risk of losing money if they don't lower costs of care, should be voluntary."Real experimentation with episodic bundles requires a willingness to try mandatory models," Azar said at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Conference on Thursday.

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Virgil Dickson

Azar Announces Mandatory Oncology Payment Model Is Coming

A mandatory payment model is coming in oncology care, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday during an appearance at a value-based care summit.

Azar said that the administration would “revisit” mandatory models that it had previously scrapped in cardiac care and said the time had come for “exploring new and improved episode-based models in other areas, including radiation oncology.”

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Mary Caffrey and Allison Inserro

HHS Secretary Azar: HHS Is Planning New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is revisiting mandatory bundled payment models, possibly for radiation oncology and cardiac care, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, which signals a strong about-face in the Trump Administration's policy about bundled payment initiatives.

HHS is reexamining the role that mandatory bundled payment models can play in the transition to value-based care, Azar said in a keynot speech at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Conference on Thursday. HHS published Azar's comments.

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Heather Landi


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