Get Paid to Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to enroll 720 practices in the Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model. This new value-based payment model supports the national Million Hearts initiative, which aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes. 

The model will be tested over a five-year period from January 2016 through December 2020. CMS will provide incentive payments to participating physicians, and the average practice potential is $32,000 for the duration of the trial. 

Model Overview

Model Design

  • Five-year model test
  • Randomized, controlled design
  • Total of 720 practices: 360 control and 360 intervention practices
  • Target population: 300,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 18-79 years who have not had a previous heart attack or stroke   

Practice Eligibility 

  • Practice must have at least one health professional (medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner).
  • Practices must use a certified electronic health record (EHR) system.
  • Practices must have met the criteria for Stage 1 (meaningful use) of the EHR incentive program.   

Program Elements 

  • Risk stratified care
  • Population health management
  • Shared decisionmaking
  • Individual risk modification planning
  • Team-based care
  • Quality and clinical data reporting 

A letter of intent must be submitted online before starting the application process. The deadline is Sept. 10, and awards will be announced in November 2015. For more information, visit the CMS website and FAQ page. And read "Saving 1 Million Lives" in the June 2015 issue of Texas Medicine.   

Action, Aug. 17, 2015

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April 19, 2018

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