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A federal initiative that aimed to reduce pre-term births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women on Medicaid was successful, according to a new evaluation.The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative began in 2013 and concluded last year. The initiative included 211 provider sites across 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Participants included hospital and health systems, health plans and community health centers.Under the effort, clinicians shifted their prenatal care

The CMS and physicians aren't communicating well on what's required under MACRA. So the agency is looking for a contractor that can help.The agency is in the early stages of finding a new contractor to help providers better understand value-based pay models and how they are performing. The third-party company would develop policy around the Quality Payment Program to make it easier to comply with. Providers in the Quality Payment Program can take one of