The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that 500 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) from 44 states have been selected for the FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project. Funding totaling $42 million over the next three years will be awarded to the centers to improve the coordination and quality of care delivered to people with Medicare beneficiaries and other patients. The initiative is designed to evaluate the impact of the advanced primary care practice model, also known as the patient-centered medical home, on improving health, improving quality of care, and lowering the cost of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries served by FQHCs. The National Committee for Quality Assurance defines the patient-centered medical home as a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to ensure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
From November 1, 2011, through October 31, 2014, participating health centers will receive a monthly fee for each eligible person with Medicare who receives primary care services. For more information, including a list of participating health centers, visit here.