CMS to launch multi-payer patient-centered medical home demo

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have invited states to apply to take part in the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration, a patient-centered medical home project that will include all major payers in participating states or regions. The purpose of the demonstration is "to evaluate whether the advanced primary-care practice--when supported by Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans--will (1) reduce unjustified variation in utilization and expenditures; (2) improve the safety, effectiveness, timeliness and efficiency of healthcare; (3) increase the ability of beneficiaries to participate in decisions concerning their care; (4) increase the availability and delivery of care that is consistent with evidence-based guidelines in historically underserved areas; and (5) reduce unjustified variation in utilization and expenditures under the Medicare program," says a Frequently Asked Question on the demonstration webpage. Up to six states may participate in the demo. Webpage