CMS Announces Its Largest Primary Care Initiative. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services recently launched the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model, which is expected to accommodate more than 20,000 providers and transform the way primary care is delivered. Building on the foundation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a four-year plan rolled out in October 2012, the CPC+ is a primary care medical home model redesigned with a multi-payer structure (Medicare, commercial and state payer partners). The five-year initiative, set to start on January 1, 2017, is an opportunity for rural providers to gain access to financial resources and quality improvement efforts. The five year initiative is set to start on January 1, 2017. CMS will first solicit payer proposals to partner with Medicare and announce their selections by July 15, 2016. After that, practices within geographic reach of the selected payers will be able to submit applications up to September 1, 2016. For questions about the model or the solicitation process, please email CPCplus@cms.hhs.gov.
Profile: San Luis Valley and the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program. The primary challenge to implementing drug abuse treatment programs for the San Luis Valley (SLV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a misperception that Naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the effects of overdose, enables drug addiction. To overcome that challenge, SLV has focused on educating their community about the severity of opioid overdose, particularly among chronically ill patients and not recreational users, and emphasized the lives saved by Naloxone. Just six months into their funding from FORHP’s Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant, SLV has held numerous educational sessions and community workshops to bring providers, policymakers, and law enforcement up to speed with the opioid problem, stocked local pharmacies with Naloxone, and trained first-responders in administration of this potentially life-saving drug. You can learn more about SLV’s Naloxone Education Empowerment Distribution Program (NEED) in the newest addition to Rural Health Models and Innovations at the Rural Health Information Hub.