The PGP Transition Demonstration Project, which will last for two years, will build upon the success of the PGP Group Demonstration Project. Like its predecessor, the transition project emphasizes improving value to Medicare beneficiaries by increasing quality of care, while decreasing the cost of that care. It also provides an additional opportunity for participating groups to generate shareable savings for the Medicare Trust Funds.
In the new project, additional quality measures focus on care for the frail elderly; hospital admissions and readmissions; transitions of care and care coordination; lifestyle measures concerning weight and tobacco use; and additional chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), while continuing to address diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hypertension and preventive services.
“Marshfield Clinic has been offered this opportunity to continue our work with CMS and the other participants to decrease costs while improving quality of care delivered,” Praxel said. “Participation in this project allows us to start down this road a year or more ahead of the Accountable Care Organization legislation, with the option to move into the ACO model of care in the future.”
SOURCE Marshfield Clinic