Program Aims to Reduce Unnecessary Procedures for Patients With Chest Pain

The SMARTCare program is expected to give doctors and patients decision-support tools to help determine which non-emergent patients should have stress tests or other procedures, and which should not.

When CMS rolls out its next value-based model for specialty physician payments, it just might look like SMARTCare, a $15.9 million experiment funded with a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant.

SMARTCare stands for Smarter Management and Resource Use for Today's Complex Care Delivery. The 2-year cardiology program, being launched at 11 specialty practices in Wisconsin and Florida, seeks to reduce unnecessary imaging, testing, and interventional procedures performed in non-acute patients with chest pain.

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