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March 2, 2020

Short-term and Long-term Returns for States Implementing Pediatric Alternative Payment Models

Author Affiliations
  • 1Mental Health America, Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2Louisiana Department of Health, Baton Rouge
  • 3MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(5):403-404. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6248

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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