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‘Skin in the Game’ Vital for Payment Models, Medicare Head Says

Oct. 13, 2020, 10:25 PM

The Trump administration is considering using pandemic-style waivers that provide greater regulatory flexibility for health-care providers as a way to encourage greater participation in Medicare alternative payment models.

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said Tuesday the agency will also look at adjusting provider performance thresholds, or benchmarks; introducing more mandatory payment models; and requiring providers to take more financial risk in order to improve the performance of alternative payment models in traditional Medicare.

Alternative payment models provide incentive payments to medical providers who offer high-quality, cost-efficient care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation ...

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