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C-TAC Applauds CMS’ Inclusion of Advance Care Plan Metric in New Bundled Payment

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new voluntary bundled payment program called the Bundled Payments Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model. The BPCI Advanced model creates incentives for providers to work together to improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries across 32 different clinical episodes. Providers will be judged based on seven quality metrics, including if the beneficiary has an advance care plan. C-TAC applauds CMS’ decision to include this essential quality metric in the new program.

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA requires CMS to implement the Quality Payment Program of which advanced alternative payment models (APM) are a component. The new BPCI Advanced will qualify as one of these advanced APMs. The inclusion of the Advance Care Plan quality metric builds on CMS’ historic 2015 decision to pay for advance care planning conversations.

C-TAC will continue to advocate for high-quality advance care planning services and looks forward to working with CMS on this issue. More information about the BPCI Advanced initiative can be found here.

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