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Bozeman Health Participating in Historic Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Primary Care

06/23/2017

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 https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/comprehensive-primary-care-plus/.

Contact:

Lauren Brendel | Director, Marketing and Communications
LBrendel@bozemanhealth.org | 406-414-1885