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CMS Primary Care Models Drive Modest Patient Experience Gains

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March 28, 2017 – Primary care medical home models, such as the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, have a modestly positive effect on patient experience scores, highlighting the value of these programs for improving patient care, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

CMS began the CPC initiative in October 2012 as a part of the agency’s overall mission to tie 50 percent of all Medicare payments to quality and value by 2018. Per CMS, the CPC initiative is a multi-payer collaborative “to offer population-based care management fees and shared savings opportunities to participating primary care practices to support the provision of a core set of five ‘Comprehensive’ primary care functions.”

Those five primary care functions include the following:

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