Second Round of Whole Person Care Pilots Gains CMS Approval
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved a second round of Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot Projects, expanding efforts to provide comprehensive health care to medically-complex patients. CMS approved 15 applications in this round, eight of which built upon previously-approved pilots and seven of which were new pilots.
The WPC is intended to target Medi-Cal patients with complex medical issues and frequent users of multiple health systems. These pilot projects coordinate physical and behavioral health care, as well as social services to improve the health and well-being of beneficiaries through an efficient and effective use of resources. Specific target populations of approved pilots include individuals recently released from institutions or incarceration, those with mental illness or substance use disorders, and those who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.