Six Temple Practices to Partake In National Initiative

Philadelphia, PA — Six primary care practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. (TPI) have been selected to participate in a nationwide advanced primary care medical home initiative that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based, multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation.

The initiative — known as Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) — features 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; includes over 2,900 primary care practices nationwide; and is designed to improve access to quality health care at lower costs.

The six TPI practices selected for the CPC+ initiative will administer the program in collaboration with the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC, which serves to improve health care delivery through clinical and business integration, community engagement and practice transformation.

“Truly patient-centered care requires a fundamental shift in the relationship between payers, physicians, and their patients,” said Marc. P Hurowitz, DO, MBA, FAAFP, Chief Executive Office of TPI. “Physicians must address their patients’ health-related needs beyond an acute care episode; make the practice’s resources more readily available to them; identify key medical and community resources to meet their needs; follow-up closely to ensure those needs are met; and facilitate more proactive care management than is typically seen in the current healthcare delivery system. The CPC+ initiative provides an infrastructure to boost our primary care physicians’ ability to do all of those things,” Hurowitz added.

Through CPC+, CMS pays primary care practices a care management fee to support enhanced coordinated services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Simultaneously, participating commercial, state and other federal insurance plans are also offering enhanced payment to primary care practices designed to support them in providing high-quality care on behalf of their members.

For patients this means improved access to physician practices through longer, more flexible hours; improved health care communication through electronic health records; and the provision of individualized, enhanced care for patients living with multiple diseases and chronic conditions. The emphasis is on high quality care enhanced by patient engagement, prevention and coordinated care management.

The five-year model took effect at the beginning of 2017. Public and private health plans in 14 regions across the country have signed letters of intent with CMS to participate in this model. 

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