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Some providers are praising CMS' proposal to allow direct contracting—but others say it's not needed

May 30, 2018


Some major health care provider groups are praising CMS' recent proposal to allow Medicare providers to contract directly with patients, but others say the effort would be duplicative to CMS' other alternative payment models.

CMS wants to let providers contract directly with patients

April 24, 2018


CMS is seeking "broad input" on ways to allow primary care providers to contract directly with patients, noting that the agency plans to test a direct provider contracting model in Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid.

Physicians increasingly using 'direct primary care' model

March 1, 2017


While less than 2 percent of the United States' licensed physicians currently are involved with direct primary care, some experts think the model could grow as Republican lawmakers look to encourage more market-based alternatives to insurance-based medicine.

At-Home Care Program Saved $25M in First Year, CMS Says

June 19, 2015


Through the project, participating providers use in-home practices and work to coordinate care for certain Medicare beneficiaries.

HHS OIG: Change Fraud, Abuse Regs To Encourage Care Coordination, Innovation

October 7, 2014


HHS OIG is accepting comments on the proposed rule for 60 days.

Walmart To Open More Primary Care Clinics

August 11, 2014


Walmart plans to add six more primary care clinics by the end of the year, in addition to the six it already has opened in Texas and South Carolina.

Could Kaiser Permanente Be the New Model for Care Under the ACA?

August 7, 2014


The idea is gaining traction, but some observers remain skeptical of Kaiser Permanente's system.

AAP Warns Against Retail-Based Clinics as Primary Care Source for Children

February 25, 2014


The American Academy of Physicians says that such clinics cannot provide the appropriate level of quality, coordinated care that children need.

Community Health Centers, FQHCs Prepared for Influx of Medicaid Beneficiaries

January 23, 2014


The centers are better positioned than other providers to treat new Medicaid beneficiaries, many of whom they might already have been treating.

Medical Industry Experts, Observers Discuss Strategies To Ease Looming Physician Shortage

August 8, 2013


Promoting primary care as a profession that promises financial rewards and a high level of respect might alleviate the expected shortage of primary care physicians in the next few years, according to several industry experts and observers.
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