Bozeman Health Participating in Historic Public-Private Partnership to
Strengthen Primary Care
Initiative Provides Primary Care Practices with Additional Resources to
Improve Coordination of Care
Bozeman, MT [June 23, 2017] — Bozeman Health Family Medicine, Bozeman
Health Family Medicine Belgrade, and Bozeman Health Internal Medicine
are three of approximately 2,900 primary care practices nationwide participating
in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a partnership between payer
partners from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses,
and primary care providers. This partnership is designed to provide improved
access to quality health care at lower costs.
“We have made significant progress in advancing primary care within
our community over the last decade, and this partnership will enable us
to continue to transform our care delivery model to better meet the needs
of our patients and our community,” said Dr. James Loeffelholz,
president of Bozeman Health Medical Group.
Through CPC+, participating commercial, state, and other federal insurance
plans are offering enhanced payment to primary care practices designed
to support them in providing high-quality primary care on behalf of their members.
At Bozeman Health, where much of this work is already underway, this means
providers may offer more convenient office hours, continue use of electronic
health records, coordinate care with patients’ other health care
providers, better engage patients and caregivers in managing their own
care, and provide individualized, enhanced care for patients living with
multiple chronic diseases and higher needs.
The five-year model started on January 1, 2017, with CMS soliciting a diverse
pool of commercial health plans, state Medicaid agencies, and self-insured
businesses to work alongside Medicare to support comprehensive primary
care. Public and private health plans in 14 regions across the country
signed letters of intent with CMS to participate in this model. The markets
were selected in August 2016 based on the percentage of the total population
covered by payer partners who expressed interest in joining this partnership.
Eligible primary care practices in each market were invited to apply to
participate in the winter of 2016. Through a competitive application process,
CMS selected primary care practices within the selected markets to participate
in CPC+. Bozeman Health is honored to be an organization where practices
were chosen based on use of health information technology, ability to
demonstrate advanced primary care delivery capabilities, service to patients
covered by participating payer partners, participation in practice transformation
and improvement activities, and diversity of geography, practice size,
and ownership structure.
CPC+ is administered by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
(CMS Innovation Center). The CMS Innovation Center was created by the
Affordable Care Act to test innovative payment and service delivery models
that have the potential to reduce program costs while preserving or enhancing
the quality of care.
For more information about CPC+, visit
Lauren Brendel | Director, Marketing and Communications
LBrendel@bozemanhealth.org | 406-414-1885