Primary care practices considering applying for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative pilot program have until July 20 to submit applications. AMS has learned that currently there are approximately 84 clinics that have begun the process of application. The first step for interested practices is to complete the short online application pre-screen tool.Eligible practices will then be sent the link to the full application to be submitted by July 20, 2012. Additional information about the CPC initiative can be found here.
Participating practices will get resources intended to better coordinate primary care for their patients, including a case management fee which initially will average $20 per-beneficiary per-month (for Medicare patients).
This is a multi-payer initiative, so practices will also receive support and additional compensation from other participating payers in Arkansas. These include: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Humana, QualChoice of Arkansas, and Arkansas Medicaid. In years 2-4 of this 4 year initiative, practices have the potential to share in any savings to the Medicare program. The CPC initiative is designed to improve and test comprehensive primary care, as characterized by the following five functions:
- Risk-stratified Care Management
- Access and continuity
- Planned care for chronic conditions and preventative care
- Patient and caregiver engagement
- Coordination of care across the medical provider neighborhood
Questions about the initiative can be sent to CPCI.