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CMS is planning to allow Medicare beneficiaries to contract directly with physicians

doctor_with_smiling_patientOn Monday, CMS announced they are seeking to release a direct provider contract model that would allow providers to take further accountability for the cost and quality of a designated population to drive better beneficiary outcomes.

This new model would allow Medicare beneficiaries the option to contract directly with physicians. "Such a model would have the potential to enhance the doctor-patient relationship by eliminating administrative burden for clinicians and providing increased flexibility to provide the high-quality care that is most appropriate for their patients, thus improving quality while reducing expenditures," the CMS said in an announcement.

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