OHSU clinics chosen for national primary care project

OHSU family medicine and internal medicine clinics chosen for CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

Three OHSU family medicine clinics and the internal medicine clinic are among 75 Oregon primary care practices participating in a new partnership aimed at improving health care and patient-provider relationships.

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) will pay 500 primary care practices nationwide an average of $20 per patient per month to support enhanced coordinated services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. In addition, participating commercial, state and federal insurance plans are offering enhanced payment to primary care practices that are designed to support them in providing high-quality primary care on behalf of their members. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that more than 300,000 Medicare patients will be served by more than 2,000 providers through this initiative.

The CPCI model incentivizes patient care by the entire team, including prevention, disease management and care coordination, said Scott Fields, M.D., professor and vice chair of family medicine. Dr. Fields oversees the clinical enterprise of the department including both ambulatory and inpatient services.

“(The CPCI model) is consistent with the overall reimbursement reform that we believe is core to the future of caring for a broader population of patients,” he said. “Without meaningful reimbursement reform, meaningful health care reform will not be possible.”

Read this article in its entirety on the Department of Family Medicine’s website.