KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Caravan Health and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have announced a collaboration to help prepare and qualify primary care physicians for the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Medical practices that qualify for the five-year CPC+ initiative will receive substantial up-front payments from CMS to underwrite improved patient care. Additional incentive payments will reward physicians and other providers who focus on health outcomes rather than the volume of visits or services performed.
"You will not find a better or more rewarding way to prepare your primary care practice for the future of value-based payment than to participate in the CPC+ program," said Lynn Barr, CEO of Caravan Health. "We could not have found a better collaborator for engaging our nation's family physicians than the AAFP."
AAFP member physicians who wish to participate in CPC+ can sign up for a free nine-week CPC+ Boot Camp being offered by Caravan Health and potentially qualify for Track 2 of the CPC+ initiative. Track 2 pays a $28 per-beneficiary-per-month (PBPM) care management fee, compared to the $15 PBPM care management fee for CPC+ Track 1. These payments are in addition to payments for services and other incentive payments for meeting performance and quality metrics.
"The AAFP is excited to team up with Caravan Health to help our members prepare for CPC+," said Wanda Filer, president of the AAFP. "This new initiative offers family physicians more freedom and flexibility in caring for their patients, and the opportunity to be rewarded financially for delivering on the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs."
About Caravan Health:
Caravan Health is dedicated to bringing better care to patients and helping providers succeed. They currently support more than 17,000 primary care providers nationwide making the transformation to value-based payments through Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that's 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America's underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine's cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP's award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org (www.familydoctor.org).
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SOURCE Caravan Health / American Academy of Family Physicians