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CVD Risk Payment Model Applications Due Oct. 8

Providers interested in participating in a new Medicare payment model to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduce related mortality and costs now have until Oct. 8 to submit an application. The Million Hearts: CVD Risk Reduction Model will incentivize providers to calculate CVD risk for eligible Medicare beneficiaries and target those with the highest risk for patient-centered care. After receiving strong interest in the model, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the deadline to ensure all interested practices have an opportunity to complete an application.

In this new model, patients and providers will work together to develop individualized plans that include shared decision making and self-monitoring  to reduce patients’ chances of heart attack and stroke. Provider incentives will be based solely on the provider’s ability to reduce predicted risk, rather than using patient diagnostic benchmarks. CMS will enroll up to 720 practices in this new model, which is unlikely to include an additional reporting burden for providers.

Contact Erin O’Malley, director of policy, at or 202.585.0127 with any questions.

About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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