Task Force provides comments to CMS regarding EPM Interim Final Rule

The Task Force has submitted comments to CMS on the interim final rule with comment that delayed the start date for the AMI, CABG, SHFFT, and CR incentive payment models from July 1, 2017 until October 1, 2017.  CMS sought comment on further delaying the EPM start date until January 1, 2018. The Task Force advocated for flexibility for providers that would prefer an earlier start date if the decision is made to delay to 2018, and reiterated themes from our comment letter on the initial NPRM.

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Task Force provides recommendations to CMMI on new ACO Track 1+ and Advanced BPCI models

In a letter to CMMI leadership, the Task Force offers consensus recommendations on how to improve the design of the new ACO Track 1+ and Advanced Bundled Payments for Care Improvement models. These recommendations build on practical experience from the Task Force’s Accountable Care and Bundled Payment workgroups, and identify opportunities to improve the sustainability and attractiveness of the programs for participants.  They also address the issue of model overlap through a set of guiding principles that are applicable to both public and private payers.  

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Principles for Clinical Episode and Population-Based Payment Overlap

While both episode-based and population-based payment models present opportunities for improvement in quality and care, they are not always in alignment. The recent implementation of Medicare-focused alternative payment models has resulted in instances of overlap, where multiple providers may be responsible for the same patient under different models. While this does not create a problem by itself, it can create inefficiencies and challenges that are ultimately at odds with the end goal of delivering higher quality and more integrated care.

The Task Force has developed a set of guiding principles to govern the development of best practices in public and private payer models.

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The Task Force Joins Leading Healthcare Organizations in Support of Value-Based Care Principles

In a letter to Congress and the Administration, a coalition of clinicians, employers, hospitals, pharmacists, consumer groups and insurance providers called for a renewed effort to move to value-based, patient centered payment models that reward improved quality and cost-effective care. The Task Force along with 120 co-signers recommend 10 key policy principles to keep momentum behind the shift to a modernized, sustainable healthcare system.

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Forbes: "Health Coalition Worries Trump Doesn't Grasp Value-Based Care"

A coalition of large health systems, employers and insurers would like Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to keep the march from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care going after President Barack Obama leaves the White House.

The 43-member Health Care Transformation Task Force includes Aetna; Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Massachusetts; major employers like Boeing and Qualcomm; and health systems like Advocate Health Care, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives.

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HealthCare Finance: "Task Force Pushes Trump Administration to Preserve CMMI, Push to Value-Based Care"

The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a 43-member consortium of purchasers, providers, payers and patients, is making a case to the incoming Trump administration that the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment models is worth preserving. In particular, the group stressed the importance of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in promoting such models.

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders and members of the Trump administration, including incoming Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the task force said the successful shift from volume to value requires a close link between the federal government and the private sector, lauding CMMI as a crucial link in that regard.

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