Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Qual Choice, Humana and the State Medicaid program in Arkansas recently vowed to work with the Centers for Medicare Plans & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Americans access to quality health care at affordable price. Under the Comprehensive Primary Care plan, CMS will pay primary care practices a care management fee, which was initially fixed at an average of $20 per beneficiary per month, to support better, coordinated services. At the same time, participating commercial, state, and other federal insurance plans are also providing an improved payment to primary care practices that offer high-quality primary care. Jointly these investments in primary care practices will permit doctors to give more time to their patients by working on weekends and evenings, provide extra services like nutrition or smoking-cessation counseling, and coordinate care for their patients.
Insurers in Arkansas agreed in conformity with Centers for Medicare Advantage & Medicaid Services to contribute in this proposal. The Arkansas market was selected from a varied group of applicants from commercial health plans, state Medicaid agencies, and self-insured businesses that look forward to work together with Medicare Supplement to support comprehensive primary care.
To obtain the new care management fee from Centers for Medicare Health Plans & Medicaid Services and insurers, primary care practices must concur to provide improved services for their patients.
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