CMS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Plus

On April 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), an advanced primary care model and its largest investment in primary care transformation to date.

CMS knows that strengthening primary care is critical to promoting healthy communities and reducing overall health care costs in the United States. In CPC+, CMS built on the foundation of the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative by enhancing the payment and care delivery design. The goal is to support primary care practices to deliver better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

CPC+ is a regionally-based, multi-payer care delivery and alternative payment model (APM) that rewards value and quality through an innovative payment structure to support comprehensive primary care. The model will offer two tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices.

CPC+ is a five-year model that will begin in January 2017. CMS anticipates partnering with commercial and state payers in up to 20 regions around the country to support primary care practices. CMS will also engage directly with health information technology (HIT) vendors that provide products to advanced CPC+ practices.

Beginning on Friday, April 15, CMS will solicit payer proposals to partner in CPC+. Based on payer interest and coverage, CMS will announce the CPC+ regions in July 2016 and solicit applications from eligible practices within these geographic locales.

For questions about the model and solicitation process, please visit the CPC+ web page or email CPCplus@cms.hhs.gov. Information about the model will be posted to the website on an ongoing basis as it becomes available.

Read the Viewpoint article on CPC+ published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend the following CPC+ announcement events:

CMS is excited to share its vision for primary care and looks forward to partnering in the years ahead to enhance and support high value, comprehensive care for all Americans.

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