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Nine Banner Health clinics to participate in health care reform initiative


LOVELAND,Colo. (Aug. 23, 2012) – Nine Banner Health Clinics in Northern Colorado join 500 primary care practices selected for participation in a national primary care initiative.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center chose providers for the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative. The 500 practices represent more than 2,000 primary care doctors and nurse practitioners in seven markets across the country.

J.P. Valin, MD, chief medical officer for Banner Medical Group Western Region, said he is honored by the recognition from the CMS Innovation Center.

“This is recognition of the hard work these practices and physicians have taken to improve health care,” he said. “We’re excited to have completed the application process and to be a part of this innovative project.”
In Northern Colorado, the sites chosen to participate are:

Under the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, CMS will pay primary care practices a care management fee to support enhanced, coordinated services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. At the same time, participating commercial, state, and other federal insurance plans are also offering enhanced payment to primary care practices that are designed to support them in providing high-quality primary care on behalf of their members.

Dr. Valin noted the diverse group of insurance plans participating in the project. In Colorado, partners are:

  •  Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado
  •  Cigna
  •  Colorado Access
  •  Colorado Choice Health Plans
  •  Colorado Medicaid
  •  Humana
  •  Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  •  Teamsters Multi-Employer Taft Hartley Funds
  •  UnitedHealthcare.

This four-year public-private partnership is designed to test a model of improved access to quality health care at lower costs. The 500 practices were selected through a competitive application process and will start delivering enhanced health care services this fall.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative and view the participating primary practices, payers, and markets please visit:

The CMS Innovation Center was created by the Affordable Care Act to test innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care. More information is at

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Sara Quale, Public Relations Specialist
Banner Health Public Relations, (970) 635-4031

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