CMS Seeks Input on Health IT’s Role in New Primary Care Models

February 20, 2015 in News

CMS has issued a request for information on new primary care models, as well as how health IT can support such initiatives, FierceEMR reports.

The request comes as CMS works to test new care delivery models, such as patient centered medical homes (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 2/18). The models could include shifting from encounter-based payment for primary care services toward population-based payment determined by a practice’s population of beneficiaries.

RFI Details

Among other things, CMS asked stakeholders “[w]hat transformative changes” in health IT, such as electronic health records and other technologies, would enable primary care practices to use data to:

  • Coordinate care across health care providers;
  • Engage patients;
  • Manage population health with team-based care by transitioning to a patient-based framework for data organization, adopting interoperable electronic care plans and using robust care management tools;
  • Manage the volume and priority of clinical data effectively; and
  • Measure and improve quality.

The deadline for comments is March 16 (Goedert, Health Data Management, 2/16).

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