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Primary Cares Initiative: What Leaders Are Saying

CMS announced its Primary Cares Initiative, a set of
voluntary payment options focused on serving patients with complex, chronic conditions and those with serious illness. C-TAC was involved throughout the model development process and looks forward to learning more about this initiative as details are made available.

In the meantime, we have collected responses from health care leaders to the initiative, included below.

“[The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee] has analyzed a huge number of payment model ideas from physicians who are excited about innovation. Their work, including submissions from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, has inspired many significant aspects of the initiative we’re announcing today.”

Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


“Our efforts in this area draw from hotspotting models, as well as proposals from the PTAC, as well as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the C-TAC, or the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.”

Adam Boehler, Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation



“The announcement of these new models marks a watershed moment in the effort to transform advanced illness care. It is also an important step toward embracing value-based care that improves the quality of treatment while limiting cost. The Aspen Group is proud to have collaborated with HHS leadership, alongside groups like the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, to develop an innovative model that strengthens the continuum of care. We look forward to continuing our partnership throughout the implementation process.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, Co-Chair, The Aspen Group


“CMS’s Serious Illness payment model truly changes the game. It will promote new alliances between innovative hospice and palliative care organizations and medical groups across the country, bringing new services to people with advanced illness right where they live. This couldn’t have happened without a quarter century of hard work by many people who have dedicated their lives to changing American healthcare — and now they’ve succeeded. “

Brad Stuart, MD, Chief Medical Officer, C-TAC


“It is extremely exciting to see the innovative model CMMI has proposed for patients facing a serious illness.  There has been lots of great work done by so many in the serious illness space over the past five to ten years, and it is exciting to see these services now being potentially expanded to serve traditional Medicare beneficiaries.”

Brad Smith, CEO, Aspire Health


For more information about C-TAC’s policy and advocacy efforts, please contact C-TAC Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at dbaird@thectac.org.

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