The CMS named the 500 primary-care practices that will participate in a provider-payer coordination pilot program aimed at improving care for Medicare beneficiaries and other patients.
The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, which involves seven federally sponsored regional pilot sites nationwide, will offer bonus payments to participating primary-care physicians who better coordinate their patients' care.
The participating practices are in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oregon. The regions in those states were selected in April based on the percentage of the total population covered by payers who expressed interest in joining the pilot project, according to the CMS.
Participating physicians will receive a care management fee, which will average $20 for each beneficiary monthly, to help cover the cost of improved service coordination for patients.