CMS Payment Model Updates & Deadlines

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Request for Applications for the second cohort of Primary Care First (PCF), which is open to all practices in the 26 regions, not just those in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program ending this year. Practices should apply by April 30 and payers by May 28. The Seriously Ill Population component of the PCF model is currently under review. The Geographic Direct Contracting Model known as “Geo” is also on hold while being reviewed. CMS announced that ACOs should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) by June 7 at 12 p.m. ET in order to apply for a January 1, 2022, start date for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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