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Alternative Payments

CMS released the final rule "Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model." The AAMC hosted a webinar discussing the major provisions of the rule. The recording and slides can be found here. More information on the program can be found here.

The AAMC Alternative Payments (AP) Unit was formed in 2012, when the AAMC became a facilitator convener in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. Since then, the AP Unit has worked to support the abilities of academic medical centers (AMCs) to adapt and thrive under alternative models of payment, as measured by the AMCs’ success in managing cost and improving quality. As part of this effort, the AP Unit offers learning collaboratives that provide advocacy support, data and policy analyses, project management services, and facilitated webinars, conference calls, and small-group learning for member AMCs.

The AP Unit currently offers targeted support for AMC members in three bundled payment programs:

The AAMC has developed resources to help member institutions with the MACRA transition. These resources provide specific information for large-multi specialty group practices planning to report as groups under the new quality payment program. Furthermore, these resources include FAQs, checklist to prepare for MACRA, detailed info on group reporting requirements, and webinars and much more. Please note that some of the resources require your AAMC login information. All of our MACRA resources are available on our website at www.aamc.org/MACRA.