Responding to a recent request for input from the field, the AHA yesterday urged the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to balance the risk and reward in its alternative payment models “in a way that reflects the significant investments required to launch and maintain APM participation.” It also urged CMMI to “factor implementation periods into any future APMs and reduce mid-model changes to the greatest degree possible,” noting that many AHA members “have indicated they need one to two years to make all the necessary operational, administrative and clinical adjustments to succeed in models.” In addition, AHA urged CMMI to ensure participants “have timely, usable data about their attributed populations,” and “support providers’ ability to deliver accessible, equitable care to patients.” 

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