The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released financial specifications for the hospital global budget methodology for Medicare fee-for-service patients under the States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development (AHEAD) model, and a fact sheet explaining how the model interacts with other CMS payment models.

Announced last September, the voluntary all-payer model will hold participating states accountable for controlling overall growth in health care expenditures and improving population health outcomes. States interested in participating in Cohort 1 or 2 of the model may apply until 3 p.m. on March 18. CMS plans to select up to eight states to participate. 

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