HCTTF Joins Health Leaders Urging CMS to Recognize Medicare Advantage APMs

The Health Care Transformation Task Force has joined with other health care leaders, including providers and payers, in asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to count Medicare Advantage (MA) contracts as Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP). In a letter to the Director of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center (CMMI) Adam Boehler, the organizations ask for CMMI to move forward to implement a demonstration project that will test the effects of allowing clinicians to receive credit for financial risk-based arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, effectively creating a MA Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) option. CMS announced its intent to implement such a demo last November in the CY 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule but have yet to do so.

Organizations who signed the letter include:

  • Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • America’s Physician Groups
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • Healthcare Leadership Council
  • Health Care Transformation Task Force
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • National Association of ACOs
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • National Coalition on Health Care
  • Premier

Read the letter here