APG's Weekly Report from Our Nation's Capital
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Welcome to America's Physician Groups' "Healthcare and the Hill," where you can get the latest on healthcare happenings in our nation's capital--and with a special focus on the value-based care movement.  Here's what you will find in this week's edition:

  • APG's Risk Evolution Task Force
  • Put It on the Calendar:  1/28 Webinar on MA Advance Notice
  • Congressional Corner:  Value-Based Reforms

You can always visit our website for more news and resources.  And don't forget to register for our Annual Conference 2019 Quality and Efficiency:  How to Succeed in Risk-Based Models, April 11-13 in San Diego!

Valinda Rutledge
Vice President of Federal Affairs
America's Physician Groups

APG's Risk Evolution Task Force
On January 24, APG held its first in-person meeting with members of our
Risk Evolution Task Force.  Task Force members gathered in Washington, DC, and had a unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with CMMI leaders on the challenges they face when implementing value-based care models.  Members also heard from CareJourney's Aneesh Chopra, who led a discussion on identifying success factors in value-based contracts, and Dr. Eric Coleman, a professor at the University of Colorado, who shared emerging trends in improving care transitions and reducing readmissions.

The meeting proved to be a resounding success for those in attendance and helped strengthen key relationships between APG, our members, and value-based care policymakers.

here for more information about our Task Force, including how to join.  

APG Webinar:  MA Part I Advance Notice
Make sure you
register today for our Monday, January 28 "Deep Dive" webinar on Part I of the recently issued 2020 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice.  The Notice describes proposed changes to the Part C CMS-HCC risk score model for payment year 2020.

Leading the 1:00 pm Eastern webinar will be Milliman actuary Jennifer Carioto. 
Register today and get the information you need to understand how these changes can impact your organization.

Congressional Corner:  Value-Based Reforms
Although the government shutdown continues, APG remains active on the Hill.  Next week, APG President and CEO Don Crane will meet with CMMI Deputy Administrator Adam Boehler to discuss the agency's newly annouced payment models, and how APG and CMMI can continue working together on value-based reform.  The DC team will be making their rounds on Capitol Hill next week as well.  We have meetings scheduled with the offices of Sens. Casey (D-PA), Tillis (R-NC), and a representative from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to talk about APG's 2019 advocacy priorities.  

We always want to hear from you on how we can get you the best, most useful information in a way that's convenient to you!  Please don't hesitate to contact David Allen, APG Director of Communications, with any suggestions, thoughts, likes, or dislikes.