The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is inviting primary care physicians to share their perspectives on what might make participation in value-based payment more feasible and attractive. This study is funded by the Commonwealth Fund and is being led by Ann O’Malley MD, MPH, at Mathematica Policy Research, an independent research organization.

Mathematica’s researchers are particularly interested in talking with physicians who are NOT in value-based payment models but also welcome those experiencing challenges. The study is particularly focused on how to improve value-based payment models that have the goal of enhancing support for primary care and reforming payment, typically by using prospective per-patient-per-month payments along with more traditional fee-for-service payments. Examples of such models include the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model, Primary Care First, and Medicare Shared Savings Programs (ACOs) run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Physicians do NOT need to know anything about value-based payment models to participate.

Physicians would not need to prepare anything in advance for the discussion. All information collected will remain anonymous, in that the information from the interviews will never be linked to a participant’s name or organization in any findings that are reported from this study.

As a token of appreciation for their time participating in the focus group, physicians will receive a $200 VISA card. Those interested in this opportunity are invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include their name, email and phone number.

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