Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Defining key terms:

Alternative Payment Models, such as those tested by the CMS Innovation Center, reward health care providers for delivering high-quality and coordinated care. APMs can apply to a specific:

  • Health condition, like end-stage renal disease.
  • Care episode, like joint replacement.
  • Provider type, like primary care providers.
  • Community, like rural areas.
  • Innovation within Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, or Medicaid.


CMS Innovation Center Alternative Payment Models

Watch a video explaining how alternative payment models test new ways to provide better, more affordable care:

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