The CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation will hold a conference call on Oct. 13 to explain and answer questions about the new Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a multi-payer and provider accountable care organization program that will include reliance on health information technology.

The call is at 1 p.m. EST with a Web broadcast at The dial-in number is 1-800-837-1935 and the conference ID is 17242137. An unofficial transcript later will be available at

Under the program, CMS will pay a per-beneficiary, per-month care management payment for comprehensive primary care services provided to Medicare fee-for-services beneficiaries, as well as beneficiaries of participating Medicaid plans. Medicare also will enable participating practices to share in savings in years two through four of the four-year pilot program. Medicaid payer participants will not offer a shared savings component.

The program, authorized and funded under the Affordable Care Act, will launch in select markets with about 75 primary care practices in each market.

The goals of the program are to have payers align strategies for supporting comprehensive primary care services, and to test whether these services, coupled with payment reform, meaningful use of health information technology, and data analytics to guide improvement will bring better care and health status while reducing costs.

Additional information is available here.


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