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500 Primary Care Practices Named to CMS Payer Partnership

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2012

The additional monies may be used to help physicians cover the costs of extended treatment hours, electronic health records, coordinating care with other healthcare providers, engaging patients in managing their own care, as well as providing individualized care for patients living with multiple chronic diseases.

Practices were selected through a competitive application process based on their use of health information technology, ability to demonstrate recognition of advanced primary care delivery by accreditation bodies, service to patients covered by participating payers, participation in practice transformation and improvement activities, and diversity of geography, practice size and ownership structure.

The selection process began late in 2011 when CMS recruited a pool of commercial and state payers to the CPCI program.

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