Medicare’s Primary Care Demonstration Shows Promise
Medicare’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative produced encouraging results during its second year: 95 percent of the participating medical practices met their quality requirements and four out of the seven participating regions generated nearly $58 million in savings and will share those savings with Medicare.
In addition, the 481 participating medical practices reduced their overall admissions and readmissions rates, scores well on patient satisfaction surveys and quality measures, and surpassed national benchmarks in a number of areas, including preventive health measures.
The program will expand in 2017 with 14 new regions participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, an enhanced version of the original program.
Learn more about the program’s 2015 results, the savings participating practices will share, and CMS’s plans for 2017 in this CMS blog entry.