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Medicare accepting applications from PCPs for monthly capitation payments

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Medscape reports:

“Medicare is now accepting applications from primary-care physicians who want to receive monthly capitation payments for evaluation and management (E/M) services as well as care management apart from office visits — think phone calls, emails, and remote monitoring.

“Selected physicians will participate in a 5-year experimental payment model called Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus, which is designed for medical homes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to recruit as many as 5000 practices with upwards of 20,000 clinicians to treat 25 million patients, who will not be limited to beneficiaries of traditional Medicare. CMS is partnering with private insurers, state Medicaid programs, and Medicare Advantage plans that agree to adopt the same metrics for payment, data sharing, and quality. As a result, participating physicians won’t have to reorganize their practices just for the sake of patients in traditional Medicare.”

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