Report: comprehensive primary care model reduced hospitalizations, ED visits

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative reduced hospitalizations and emergency department visits and improved primary care delivery for beneficiaries, but did not reduce Medicare spending enough to cover care management fees or significantly improve quality, according to a final report on the initiative recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and reported online by Health Affairs. Launched in 2012, the four-year initiative tested whether multi-payer support of 502 primary care practices would improve care delivery or quality, or reduce spending. CMS recently issued a request for information on direct provider contracting models, another approach to value-based primary care.

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