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Hospices Eligible for New CMS Primary Care Payment Models

Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:40 PM

As we reported here, CMS is detailing a new set of voluntary five-year primary care payment models called Primary Care First.

“Though today’s announcement focused on primary care, hospices and palliative care providers will be able to participate in the new models, according to the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), which collaborated with CMS on the model’s design.

“[The Center for Medicare & Medicare Innovation] made it clear that this would be the case,” said Mollie Gurian, chief strategy officer for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation.”

“The goal of this model is to provide coordination for patients upstream of the hospice benefit–patients with serious and advanced illness,” Gurian said. “Part of good serious illness care is planning and counseling about appropriate transitions including to hospice.”

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