Today HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced ambitious plans to move from “volume to value in Medicare payments” by accelerating the share of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments that are tied to quality and value and reimbursed through alternative payment models. The first goal in the initiative is for 30% of Medicare provider payments to be

CMS has posted a November 22, 2013 letter to state health officials on “Quality Considerations for Medicaid and CHIP Programs,” the fourth in a series of guidance documents intended to assist states with designing and implementing integrated care models, such as medical/health homes, accountable care organizations, and managed care. The latest letter provides

On July 10, 2012, CMS released two letters to state Medicaid agencies on “Developing and Implementing Integrated Care Models in Medicaid Programs.” The first letter describes the concept of “Integrated Care Models,” which could include medical/health homes, accountable care organizations (ACOs), ACO-like models, and other arrangements that emphasize person-centered, continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive

On October 24, 2011, CMS announced the 500 FQHCs that have been selected in 44 states to participate in the Medicare FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project. This initiative, which was authorized under the ACA, will test how the advanced primary care practice model (also called patient-centered medical home) can improve quality of care,