Visiting Physician Services only among a few house call practices to participate
February 8, 2017 (Red Bank, NJ) – Red Bank, NJ - Visiting Physician Services (VPS), a member of the VNA Health Group, is one of the few house call practices selected among 2,900 primary care office practices nationwide to participate in Medicare’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative that is designed to provide improved access to quality health care at lower costs.
CPC+ is a five-year primary care medical home model that launched this year that will enable primary care practices to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best outcomes and to pay them for achieving results and improving care. The initiative is a public-private partnership between payers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers. The participating payers in New Jersey are Amerigroup New Jersey, Statewide Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and UnitedHealthcare.
“A robust primary care system is essential to achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people,” said Acting CMS Administrator Patrick Conway. “For this reason, CMS is committed to supporting primary care clinicians to deliver the best, most comprehensive primary care possible for their patients.”
New Jersey is the only state in the mid-Atlantic region that is participating. CMS launched this ambitious primary care quality improvement initiative in 14 regions, including the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee. The markets for CPC+ were selected based on density and interest shown by practices and payers.
“CPC+ is a leading edge Medicare initiative where payments for medical services will transition from a fee-for-service structure to a value-based model,” said Alex Binder, Vice President at Visiting Physician Services. “Since VPS is able to address the needs of high-risk, low-mobility patients while providing tremendous economic value to our payers – we are excited to be part of this CMS innovation initiative.”
As one of the few house call practices to participate, the results seen by VPS will help shape a new care delivery model that already has proven to be a better way to provide primary care to individuals with limited mobility and chronic illness.
CPC+ seeks to improve the quality of care patients receive, improve patients’ health, and spend health care dollars more wisely, thereby reducing unnecessary healthcare utilization. Practices will make changes in the way they deliver care, centered on key Comprehensive Primary Care Functions: (1) Access and Continuity; (2) Care Management; (3) Comprehensiveness and Coordination; (4) Patient and Caregiver Engagement; and (5) Planned Care and Population Health.
“CPC+ moves the health care system away from one-size-fits-all, to a more patient-centric approach where our clinicians can continue to deliver the care that best meets the needs of our patients and improves health outcomes”, says Binder. “We see CPC+ as the future of primary care in the U.S. and are pleased to partner with participants across the country that are aligned in this mission to transform our health care system.”
For more information about CPC+, visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/comprehensive-primary-care-plus/.
For more information about VPS, visit https://vnahg.org/visiting-physician-services.