In a March 19 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the AAFP said the Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model would help more than 200,000 primary care physicians promote coordinated care and provide incentives for practices to change the way patient care is delivered.
Population health management has become integral to value-based care models, but physicians often lack the real-world experience to successfully execute new initiatives. Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a nonprofit health system based in New Mexico, has created a fellowship for physicians, embedding them part-time within its community health initiatives.
Home health care and hospice admissions and utilization are both on the rise, according to the latest data report from Excel Health. Hospice admissions grew 4.6% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017, rising to 313,500, according to the report, which is based on 100% of the most recent Medicare Part A and B claims data.