Two Kansas City-area physician practices chosen for new Medicare program

Barry Pointe Family Care and Kansas City Internal Medicine, two divisions of Signature Medical Group, have been selected to participate in Medicare’s new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program.

Barry Pointe and KCIM are among more than 2,900 primary care practices nationwide that entered the five-year program on Jan. 1, 2017. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) says CPC+ is the largest-ever initiative to improve primary healthcare in the U.S.

The goal of CPC+ is to provide doctors the freedom to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best patient outcomes and to pay doctors for achieving results and improving care.

“A robust primary care system is essential to achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people,” said Acting CMS Administrator Patrick Conway. “For this reason, CMS is committed to supporting primary care clinicians to deliver the best, most comprehensive primary care possible for their patients.”

Jan Vest, CEO of Signature Medical Group, said, “Congratulations to KCIM and Barry Pointe physicians on their selection in the CPC+ program. Their selection reflects Signature’s commitment to improving care and keeping our community healthy.”

The CPC+ model is built on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative launched in 2012 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Among its goals are to:

  • Support patients with serious or chronic diseases.
  • Give patients 24-hour access to care and health information.
  • Deliver preventive care.
  • Engage patients and their families in their own care.
  • Work together with hospitals and other clinicians, including specialists, to provide better coordinated care.

CPC+ will help practices move away from one-size-fits-all, fee-for-service healthcare to a new system that will give doctors the freedom to deliver the care that best meets the needs of their patients.

Under the CPC+ model, Medicare will partner with commercial and state health insurance plans to support primary care practices in delivering advanced primary care.

CPC+ is also part of broader strategy to improve the U.S. healthcare system by paying providers for what works, unlocking healthcare data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality.

“Participating in new care models that can reduce cost while improving quality is important to Signature physicians,’’ Vest said. “Barry Pointe and KCIM now join our orthopedic practices who are national leaders in Medicare’s Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative and our OB/GYN practices who were selected for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns program and in which they reduced premature births in Missouri by 14 percent.’’

Signature Medical Group is composed of more than 150 independent physicians, providing treatment in orthopedics, OB/GYN, allergy, pediatrics, neurosurgery, colon and rectal issues, podiatry, primary care, surgical services, internal medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, chiropractic care and psychology. Doctors at SMG’s practices see patients at more than 50 locations in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Bolivar, Mo., areas. SMG doctors perform more than 575,000 patient visits and deliver more than 3,000 babies annually. Studies have shown that SMG doctors outperform others by providing care at 20 to 30 percent less cost with excellent quality outcomes.