Beyond Traditional Payer – CMS’s Role in Improving Population Health August 30, 2015 | This article discuses the CMS Quality Strategy, which positions CMS to leverage its status as a health care payer in service of its public sector goal to improve the health of the U.S. population. As a national payer for high-risk populations, CMS has a unique opportunity to serve as a catalyst for improvements in total population health, and many communities have the opportunity to leverage CMS efforts to support their own population health strategy. View the Resource Kassler, William J.,Tomoyasu, Naomi, Conway, Patrick H. Beyond Traditional Payer – CMS’s Role in Improving Population Health. New England Journal of Medicine 372:109-111. 8 Jan 2015.