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Feb. 27, 2017

MSU HealthTeam joins national partnership to strengthen primary care

Three MSU HealthTeam clinics are participating in a national initiative to improve access to quality health care at lower costs.

MSU Family Health Center, MSU Family Medicine and MSU Internal Medicine are three of more than 2,900 primary care practices nationwide joining efforts with Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, an advanced primary care medical home model.

The five-year model started on Jan. 1, 2017, launching the partnership between payer partners from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses and primary care providers.

“A robust primary care system is essential to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people,” said Patrick Conway, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “For this reason, CMS is committed to supporting primary care clinicians to deliver the best, most comprehensive primary care possible for their patients.”

This initiative may prompt physicians to offer longer and more flexible hours, use electronic health records, coordinate care with patients’ other health care providers, better engage patients and caregivers in managing their own care, and provide individualized, enhanced care for patients living with multiple chronic diseases and higher needs.

Eligible primary care practices in each market were invited to apply to participate in the winter of 2016. Through a competitive application process, CMS selected practices based on various factors including their use of health information technology and participation in practice transformation.

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