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Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

An Alternative Payment Model (APM) is an approach to payment, developed in partnership with clinician communities, providing incentives to clinicians to provide high-quality and cost effective care.  Providers must apply to participate in APMs.

Advanced APMs are a subset of APMs and let practices earn more for taking on more risk.  The APMs must be approved by CMS and for 2017, there are only 8 approved Advanced APMs. 

  • Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) – Large Dialysis Organization (LDO)
  • Comprehensive ESRD Card – Non-LDO
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)
  • Next Generation ACO Model
  • Shared Savings Program – Track 2
  • Shared Savings Program – Track 3
  • Oncology Care Model (two-sided risk arrangement)

Providers who participate successfully in an Advanced APM are exempt from MIPS reporting and have the potential to earn a 5% Medicare incentive payments during 2019 through 2024.

Each APM and Advanced APM has unique requirements, please contact your APM program coordinator to discuss program and technology requirements.



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