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  • CMS Looking For 'Practice Transformation' Input

    Physical therapists (PTs) who have insights on transforming clinical practices now can share those insights with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency hopes to shape future policy by reviewing what health care providers have done to meet the aims of "better care and better health at lower costs."

    Health care providers who have participated in practice transformation are encouraged to respond to the CMS request for information (RFI) by April 8. CMS states that it may use the information "to test new payment and service delivery models."

    CMS defines practice transformation as "a process that results in observable and measureable changes to practice behavior" around core competencies that include:

    • Engaged leadership and quality improvement
    • Empanelment and improved patient health outcomes
    • Business and financial acumen
    • Continuous and team-based healing relationships that incorporate culture, values, and beliefs
    • Organized, evidence-based care
    • Patient-centered interactions
    • Enhanced access
    • Progression toward population-based care management
    • State-of-the-art, results-linked care
    • Intentional approach of practices to maximize the systematic engagement of patients and families
    • Systematic efforts to reduce unnecessary diagnostic testing and procedures

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