ACP develops new fact sheets on recently announced CMS primary care models

The fact sheets cover the Primary Care First Model and the Direct Contracting Model, two risk-bearing primary care models that are part of the CMS Primary Cares Initiative.


ACP has developed new fact sheets on two new risk-bearing primary care models that are part of the recently announced CMS Primary Cares Initiative. The fact sheets cover the Primary Care First Model and the Direct Contracting Model.

Many details relating to risk adjustment, patient assignment, and performance benchmark-setting are still forthcoming. As this information becomes available, ACP will evaluate and update these fact sheets and develop other educational materials accordingly to help educate ACP members on what to expect. Notices of intent to apply for the Direct Contracting Model are due Aug. 2. The application timeline for the Primary Care First Model has not yet been released.

ACP will be sending a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director Adam Boehler voicing concern with the agency's new Primary Care First Model. Among other points, the letter raises the issues that application deadlines have yet to be announced and important details related to payment, patient assignment, and quality measurement are not expected to be made available until late 2019.