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Investigating How Care Fragmentation May Affect Primary Care Redesign in Medicare


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Lori Timmins, PhD, and Eugene Rich, MD, discuss the findings of their interim analysis of data from the first 3 years of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative, a large-scale effort of primary care redesign meant to improve care fragmentation among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

CMS first implemented the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, or CPC+, Initiative in January 2017. The medical home model is a large-scale redesign effort meant to improve primary care through payer reform and care delivery transformation. However, an interim data analysis of the initiative’s first 3 years among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries did not demonstrate improvements in either care continuity or care fragmentation.

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Lori Timmins, PhD, senior researcher, and Eugene Rich, MD, senior fellow, both of Mathematica. With their fellow authors, Carol Urato, MA, researcher at Mathematica; Lisa M. Kern, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York; and Arkadipta Ghosh, PhD, principal researcher at Mathematica, they published their study, “Primary Care Redesign and Care Fragmentation Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” in the March issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®.

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