June 16, 2021

Physician Payment Advisory Committee Discusses Care Coordination at June Meeting

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) convened virtually for its June meeting. PTAC was created by the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 to improve how the Medicare program pays physicians for the care they provide to beneficiaries. The meeting included a discussion about the role of care coordination in optimizing healthcare delivery and value-based transformation within alternative payment models.

Elizabeth Fowler, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), gave opening remarks at the PTAC meeting. CMMI leverages expertise from across the healthcare industry, including clinicians, analysts, beneficiary groups and other federal agencies in the development of new payment and service delivery models. Fowler shared that CMMI has undertaken a strategic review of its models based on 10 years of lessons learned, and what has been most apparent is that patients should be at the center of the health system. Fowler also noted the need to focus on equity across all of CMS’ efforts. CMMI welcomes PTAC’s comments and recommendations as they work toward developing models.

For more information about the meeting, visit the PTAC website. If you have questions, contact Samantha Porter at sporter@acr.org.