The Greater Kansas City Region has been selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 14 markets to launch an ambitious primary care quality improvement initiative called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). The initiative is designed to provide doctors the freedom to care for their patients to deliver the best outcomes, and to pay them for achieving results and improving care.

Kansas City’s selection was made possible due to an application submitted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). Under CPC+, CMS and other insurers would pay physicians a monthly fee for patient primary care visits. The new model is intended to improve health outcomes and lower costs not just for Medicare beneficiaries, but also for consumers enrolled in commercial plans and other coverage options such as insurer-managed Medicaid plans.

CMS is now soliciting applications from eligible practices through September 15, 2016. The model kicks off January 2017.

For more information, click here to see the attached Blue KC press release.