ACC Releases Alternative Payment Model Framework on

The continued shift toward a value-focused health system is driving more clinicians toward participation in alternative payment models (APMs), but knowing how and when to participate in an APM can pose significant challenges. ACC's newly launched APM Framework is the College's answer for members navigating the APM landscape. The APM Framework guides members through their consideration of the most critical implications of APM participation. The Framework is composed of closed-ended questions introducing areas of focus within four categories – Organizational Readiness, Clinical Practice Transformation, Reporting and Analytics and Financial Risk. Within these categories, individuals can self-select criteria applicable to their specific practice environment to determine readiness for APM participation. "Helping ACC members understand and successfully participate in APMs is a strategic priority of the College," said APM Workgroup Chair Paul N. Casale, MD, MPH, FACC. "We heard from members about a desire for information to aid in their understanding of APMs. They asked us to help them identify the capabilities needed to be successful in an APM – and the APM Framework is the answer." Learn more about APMs and determine whether your practice is ready for participation at