To our knowledge, few alternative payment models (APMs) to date have focused on children’s health. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation just launched its first major model aimed at improving care for children, the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) model, to catalyze greater state investment in this area.1 While promising, the InCK process raises questions as to what kept states from initiating child-focused APMs and why might they merit priority in the future.
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Counts NZ, Billioux A, Perrin JM. Short-term and Long-term Returns for States Implementing Pediatric Alternative Payment Models. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(5):403–404. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6248
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