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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced a total cost-of-care reduction model designed to give state governments tools to reduce spending and increase quality. The program will be available in eight selected states, and each may get up to $12 million in implementation funding.

The States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development (AHEAD) model focuses on strengthening primary care, enhancing care coordination for those on Medicare and Medicaid plans, and increasing screening for referral to community resources. Participating primary care practices will be required to engage in behavioral health integration activities.

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