Multi-Payer Demonstration

Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Project (MAPCP)

The multi-payer project is demonstration project sponsored by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  North Carolina's MAPCP is a unique collaboration of public and private entities aimed at improving the health of rural residents. Through a three-year expansion of patient-centered medical homes and care management services, patients in seven counties will gain access to improved health care quality and efficiency.

The participating counties are Ashe, Watauga, Avery, Transylvania, Granville, Bladen and Columbus. Partners in the project include Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and its local networks; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the State Health Plan and its partners, Medicare and Medicaid.  The multi-payer project is the first partnership in North Carolina to combine federal funding for Medicaid and Medicare with support from private-sector and state government employee health plans. This effort will generate a wealth of data and real-world experience that will help North Carolina determine the most practical path to improving health care quality while lowering cost.

Medical homes harness health information technology to help providers make better decisions by providing real-time, comprehensive information on the patient’s condition. This includes treatment by other physicians, the results of past diagnostic tests, and a summary of patients’ current medications.

Beginning in January, 2012 providers participating in the multi-payer project will have access to a single patient-centered medical home system containing data on the majority of their patients.  This is expected to speed adoption of evidence-based care and use of tools like the CCNC Provider Portal, a “dashboard” of patient records and care histories.

PCMH bound?  Check out our online resources

Are you a medical practice planning to participate in the multi-payer project?  Resources being developed by CCNC's PCMH team to help practices attain Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from NCQA -- a key step in joining the multi-payer effort -- are available on our PCMH Resources page.

Questions and Answers

For an overview of the MAPCP program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document.