Commonwealth Fund January 19, 2022
Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein


Population-based payments helped sustain some FQHCs during the pandemic as they curtailed in-person services and invested in telehealth and other tools.

To transition to alternative payment models, many FQHCs will require technical assistance, culture change, and better collaboration with other providers and health plans

In October 2021, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced a goal of having every Medicare beneficiary and the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries covered by some type of alternative payment model (APM) by 2030. CMMI considers APMs to be any arrangements whereby providers are held accountable for the quality and costs of care, not just paid based on the volume of services they deliver. The agency also pledged to promote health equity by making...

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