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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader’s Comments Align With C-TAC Priorities for Care Models

Former U.S. Senate majority leader, Bill Frist recently described the state of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) future strategy and opportunities in Forbes Magazine. Frist describes CMMI as trying to, “boil the ocean,” as the ACA-derived agency works to develop transformative cost-saving models for quality healthcare delivery. Insights made by Frist and shared from CMMI director, Liz Fowler align with C-TAC’s view of future care models for serious illness:

  • Holistic coordinated care via value-based total cost of care models:  It is increasingly clear that only value-based payment can fund the full range of interdisciplinary services that people living with serious illness need. Focusing on total cost of care gives health systems the financial incentive to reduce the unnecessary, unwanted, and duplicated care many with serious illness experience.
  • Faster, nimbler data systems:  C-TAC’s experience with care models shows that providers need regularly updated participant data both as soon as possible so they can adjust model performance as needed. Health care is now so dynamic that models need access to data almost in real time for them to be as effective as possible.
  • Equity and justice: Health equity is a key C-TAC priority, and we are encouraged by CMS’ efforts to adjust payment in models to address equity, such as in the ESRD model. We look forward to an increased emphasis on embedding equity into reporting and every aspect of model development, deployment, and evaluation.

We have drafted a set of principles to anchor models providing care for those living with serious illness. These core principles will be shared widely with our coalition and will drive the future of care model development around the country. 

For more information on C-TAC’s policy priorities around care models, visit our policy and advocacy webpage here

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