Clinics in White Hall and Sheridan are among centers to receive financial rewards from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield for meeting goals in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, according to a news release.

Recipients of the performance incentive awards include:

• Baptist Health Family Clinic at White Hall;

• Doug Coleman, M.D., PA, at White Hall;

• Mark Anthony G. Ramiro, M.D., at White Hall;

• The Winston Clinic, PA, at Sheridan.

Other recipients are located throughout Arkansas. The release didn’t list the amount of the rewards. For meeting performance goals, 113 of 123 participating CPC+ clinics (representing 562 healthcare providers) will share in more than $2.4 million being awarded by Blue Cross.

Blue Cross is rewarding clinics participating in the CPC+ program (an initiative of the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation) for their creative efforts to improve clinical effectiveness, according to the release.

“CPC+ provides financial resources to encourage primary care clinics to test ideas that advance patient care, improve outcomes and reduce low-value care/practices,” according to the release.

Each clinic met or exceeded its 2019 CPC+ quality measure targets by demonstrating improvement in a several areas, including: reductions in hospital admission and readmission rates, patient-satisfaction initiatives, quality of care and total cost of care.

“We are encouraged to see CPC+ continuing to make such a positive impact on our state’s healthcare delivery system and for Arkansas Blue Cross members,” said Alicia Berkemeyer, senior vice president of Provider Network Services for Arkansas Blue Cross. “Primary care is the bedrock of our system, and we are gratified to see collaborative and provider-led innovation bolstering it throughout Arkansas.”

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