CMS has extended the deadline for the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model letter of intent and application to October 8, 2015. The extension will ensure that all interested practices have an opportunity to become part of this important initiative.
The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model (MH Model) supports both the Million Hearts’ goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes, and CMS’ objective to identify and spread better models of care delivery and payment. The MH Model employs a randomized-controlled design; CMS is seeking a diverse range of at least of 720 practices, approximately 360 intervention and 360 control group practices, varying in size, patient case mix, and other patient demographic factors.
The MH Model’s value-based payments incentivize the reduction in predicted risk of heart attack and stroke while rewarding clinicians on a sliding scale tiered by absolute risk reduction across their high-risk patient pane. This innovative model is designed to increase incentives for health management of all patients within the practice without any penalty for not meeting goals.
More information about the Model, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model web page.