As Medicare and other payers move away from fee-for-service toward value-based care, ACEP has taken a leading role. We’re putting emergency physicians in the driver’s seat to help manage this transition by developing the first, and only, emergency medicine–specific alternative payment model (APM), the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM). In September 2019, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar responded that he believes the core concepts of the AUCM should be incorporated into the APMs that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is developing. While this is exciting news and an important step in the process of getting an emergency medicine–focused APM like AUCM implemented, it’s now up to CMMI to conduct the work to carry out the HHS secretary’s request. ACEP put together an FAQ to explain various aspects of APMs and how AUCM could impact you. Read more.