New Opportunity: CMS Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development (AHEAD) Model
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks eight states to participate in a new model program designed to improve population health while curbing costs.
Eligible applicants are state Medicaid agencies, state public health agencies, state insurance agencies, or other entities with the authority and capacity to enter into an agreement with the federal government. As with all CMS Innovation Models, selected states will receive tools and resources to help move the entire healthcare system toward value-based care, with improved outcomes for all participants in that system – patients first, but also providers, and the public and private insurers that pay providers.
The AHEAD Model will have a focus on engaging rural and safety net hospitals and primary care providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Emergency Hospitals, and Rural Health Clinics.
See Resources of the Week below to learn more about rural-specific aspects of the program.