CMS Presents Primary Care First and Direct Contracting Informational Sessions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) will be holding informational sessions on recently announced payment models. CMS announced two new pathways encompassing five new payment models intended to move organizations toward value based payments and away from fee-for-service.

The first pathway, Primary Care First (PCF), builds on the existing Comprehensive Primary Care Plus experience and is aimed at smaller practices who would receive capitated payments and have incentives to care for complex chronically ill patients.  The PCF has two tracks, a general track and a high need population track, also referred to as the Seriously Ill Population. The second pathway, the Direct Contracting models, builds on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations. This pathway targets larger organizations interested in participating in increased levels of two-sided risk sharing.

During the upcoming information sessions, senior leaders and the DC team will discuss the model’s aims and requirements, participation benefits and application process. The presentations will conclude with a question and answer session.

Primary Care First Informational Sessions

There will be two identical information sessions on May 16, 2019. The registration for the 12 pm ET session is here, and the registration for the 3 pm ET session is here.

Direct Contract Informational Sessions

The first informational session is on May 2, 2019, from 3 to 4 pm ET. Register here.

The second information session is on May 7, 2019, from 3 to 4 pm ET. Register here.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Mara McDermott at 202-204-1462/