Medicare Launches Primary Care Incentive Program Linked to Health Reform Law
September 21, 2012 | Physician Practice News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it has selected the 500 medical practices that will participate in a four-year project that will reward organizations that achieve certain measures of well-coordinated primary care. Participating practices will receive about $20 per beneficiary per month in exchange for providing new services, such as offering more flexible office hours, using electronic health records (EHRs), or coordinating with a patient's other providers. Insurance plans outside of Medicare will also participate, CMS said, by paying primary-care practices that agree to enhance policyholders' care. Beginning this fall, the initiative is expected to benefit more than 300,000 Medicare patients.